Now that he's safely off the mark, trainer Ivan Allan's horses will be coming under closer scrutiny in the coming weeks as the stable moves towards top gear. Allan is a notoriously slow starter but once his string hits top form they tend to hold it and are competitive in the majority of their races. Coach Maniac could well give Allan his second winner of the season following the success of Cream in the main event at Sha Tin on Saturday night and his appearance in the Class Two fifth event certainly adds interest. This is an open affair with a number of horses having valid claims but Coach Maniac, with the vital benefit of a good first-up run under his belt, is the selection. Coach Maniac made his re-appearance in the final event on opening day where he finished fourth to shock winner Inventor, who seeks to confirm that superiority tonight. That was also a Class Two event and it was over 1,400 metres, a crucial 250 metres shorter than tonight's contest. Coach Maniac, unwanted in the betting at 35-1, was ridden by apprentice Eddie W. M. Lai with stable jockey Douglas Whyte riding the more fancied Red Jeans for trainer Wong Tang-ping. Whyte's move to partner Red Jeans was, on paper, the correct one as the horse finished third in a three-way photo finish just ahead of Coach Maniac. But it would be difficult to say that Red Jeans put in a better run as, prior to the event, he had looked to be much more wound up and primed for a good seasonal debut. While Coach Maniac had done his work, the feeling was that the race would bring him on considerably and his fourth placing, coming from a position towards the rear, had plenty of merit. Coach Maniac made steady headway from the home bend to be nearest at the finish but he did have the look of a horse who simply needed the hitout. That is one solid basis for backing him in this 12-runner event tonight, where he will jump from barrier six with Whyte aboard. He remains on the same handicap mark and looks better off over this trip. He has also run well at the city track in the past and it all adds up to a most positive showing from a horse who failed to win last season but had been much talked about in his previous campaign. Full Metal Jacket will be ridden by apprentice Patrick P. H. Tse, who has won on him twice before, course and distance. Full Metal Jacket scored a devastating seven and a quarter length win over Feodor at his last run last season and has been, not surprisingly, bumped right up by the handicapper. But he is a young horse with considerable potential and his chances tonight may hinge on him getting a soft lead in front, which is not impossible. He is well drawn in barrier four and there does not seem to be that much pace in this field. Inventor's form is on the board but he may find it difficult to confirm placings with Coach Maniac. That is based as much on the improvement that Coach Maniac seems sure to find as much as the weight swing. Trainer Lawrie Fownes' horses are always a huge threat at the start of a season and Inventor was more forward than Coach Maniac - although the trainer felt that Inventor was still not wound up. Inventor should certainly not be left out. Enthusiasm did not do a lot first-up but he will relish the return to Happy Valley and has modest claims while Helene Treasure, successful first-up at this venue, remains in great heart and is a chance. Lik Rambo is also going well and there has been good work put in by Giant Fight but they are not on the top line of chances.