Trainer Geoff Lane has not had the best of starts to the season with only one winner on the board as we near the end of the second month. But things could have been so different as no fewer than seven of his charges have finished second. And there were tell-tale signs yesterday that lady luck may be about to pay the Australian mentor's stables a visit as several of his team impressed in the barrier trial session on the all-weather track. Veteran galloper American Star started the ball rolling with a strong finishing effort to take the opening heat from stablemate Patrician. Lane was able to get a win out of the eight-year-old on the dirt in the middle of last term. And despite his age, American Star looks more than capable of winning again this year. He is in great shape and prior to yesterday's trial win had been working in impressive fashion - an added bonus when assessing his chances is his ability to perform on grass as well as the all-weather surface. Patrician ran on well to finish second and the consistent son of Tirol is overdue a win. He looked all set to break through last time but hung out in the last 100 metres to fail narrowly to Winning Touch. Flags Up has only been with the yard this season but has made rapid improvement and is nearing a win. He was given an easy time in the second heat but moved nicely and is worth following if Lane can find him a weak Class Four event. Lucky Goal was a close-season acquisition from Wylie Wong's yard and the promising youngster did well to finish second to Winningcombination first-up at Happy Valley. He has come on from that outing and hit the line strongly to beat stable companion Small Wonder. This heat was the fastest of the morning and easily took the honours for quality. Another of Lane's yard, French Fry, moved nicely in midfield and this promising three-year-old has thrived since his last outing. He spent a few days at Beas River after that run and the country air has done wonders for his condition. There were excuses for him on that occasion and this athletic son of Alzao looks destined to win in better company. Andy Leung Ting-wah's Handsome Man had the blinkers applied for the first time in this heat and this progressive youngster should be watched closely from now on - he moved well without being put under undue pressure. Things were relatively quiet on the training tracks with no mid-week racing next Wednesday but among those to work well were Elite, Eastern Shine, Legitimate and Botany Bay. YESTERDAY'S SHA TIN DIRT TRIALS First trial _ 1,150m: 1, AMERICAN STAR (Y. S. Wong); 2, Patrician (G. Boss); 3, Coup Pour Roi (C. W. Choi). Others (in finishing order): On Fire, Surely Wonderful, Fit For Royalty, Terrific Spirit, Star Fleet, Forever Victory, Ever So Easy, Freeway Patrol. Time: 1:10.4 (24.9). Distances: .75 length, .5 length. Winner trained by Geoff Lane. Second trial _ 1,150m: 1, WIND CHASER (S. King); 2, Abba (G. Boss); 3, Smart Dancer (B. Doyle). Others: Easy Win, Highland Dancer, Flags Up, Lucky Luck, Victory Drum, New Asians, Pride And Honour. Time: 1:09.6 (25.5). Distances: 3 lengths, neck. Winner trained by Ricky Yiu Poon-fai. Third trial _ 1,150m: 1, LUCKY GOAL (G. Boss); 2, Small Wonder (S. M. Tam); 3, Naturally Money (B. Doyle). Others: Kevmate, Handsome Man, French Fry, Fay Fay, Win-Etic, Flamenco Star, Aspiration, City Patrol. Time: 1:09.3 (24.4). Distances: .75 length, 2.25 lengths. Winner trained by Geoff Lane.