CHAMPION jockey elect Tony Cruz was smack in the heart of things during yesterday's barrier trial session on the Sha Tin equitrack. Cruz took the first two events on Link Treasure for Gary Ng Ting-keung and My Silvero for Wong Tang-ping before running home a very strong second on Peace Gallery for his new trainer, Eddie K.C. Lo. Of all of Cruz's mounts, Link Treasure is probably the one to follow most closely, not least because he has been classified into Class Three and looks the ideal acquisition for Hongkong. Gary Ng has acquired a number of lightly raced individuals this season with bags of scope for improvement but none has made a better impression in their work than Link Treasure. The three-year-old has only raced once, running 31/2 lengths second out of 12 in a minor maiden event in New Zealand. On the basis of this form the handicappers have had no alternative but to assess him on a mark of 63 in Class Three, giving him a considerably better chance of a first-up win than if he had been assessed as Class Two. The top two Classes are highly competitive but it is possible to find the right race in Class Three, as Derek Cruz did with Wind Dancer first time out this season and David Hill did with Manor Lord. And like Link Treasure, both Wind Dancer and Manor Lord had only one lifetime start before coming to race in Hongkong. Increasingly, owners and trainers are catching on to this and demanding similar lightly-raced types who are unexposed. This is a nightmare for the handicappers as they are impossible to assess. But overall it is very good for racing as the juice has not been squeezed out of the imports beforehand. Yesterday Link Treasure made all the running under Cruz to comfortably account for Derek Cruz's private purchase griffin, Allegresse, by six lengths. The time was very slow but do not take too much notice of that. Link Treasure had previously trialled well and has been showing more than enough pace when his rider has required. Any horse can get beaten at the first time of asking, including Link Treasure. But in the medium term it will be a surprise if he remains in Class Three for too long. By the same sire as Charming Talker, Great Charmer, he is being meticulously brought to the boil by Gary Ng, who is making such a fine impression as a trainer. The second trial was a carbon copy of the first, Cruz making all on the blinkered My Silvero to win by a couple of lengths from Neville Begg's grey Clear Classic. My Silvero has been a difficult horse to train for much of the season for Ping and only now is beginning to come right. He narrowly failed to land a huge punt at the backend of last season and looks more than good enough to do something before the campaign ends this time round. However, yesterday's trial effort suggested he may just need his first run. He appeared to get a little tired close to home. In contrast, Clear Classic went very well and strongly to the line and holds an interesting engagement at the Valley on Wednesday night over 1,235 metres. He scored first time out over this trip last season. No Second Prize put in his best effort for some time when staying on into fifth behind My Silvero under apprentice rider K.S. Lam. The boy startled everyone when riding Oriental Oilfield into second, a short head behind Miss Piggy on International Cup day on only his third ride in public. Yesterday he looked a useful apprentice in the making and is clearly gaining his confidence. It would be no surprise to see him pop up again at big odds as he looks well worth his 10-pound claim. The final heat saw a win from Active Market but this horse fails to reproduce his work form in his races. Cruz went very well to the line on the second-placed Peace Gallery who left Patrick Biancone for Eddie Lo recently. But it was King Prawn who went best of all in this heat. He never came off the bridle to finish third and is worth following if allowed to start over 1,400 metres. Ivan Allan's Speedy Good jumped from the barriers and was then immediately pulled up as if now permitted for horses down for gate testing. In other work, David Oughton's A Better World continues to go well and is one to note in an end-of-season staying contest. Alex Wong Yu-on's pair of Radiant Sun and Due Diligence are coming to hand and their stable is in much better form these days after being crippled by the virus. First trial: 1, LINK TREASURE (A. S. Cruz); 2, Allegresse (G. Childs); 3, Brave Duke (J. K. S.Ho). Others (in finishing order): Ibis, Winning Wave, Leading Man, Emperor Tong, Papa Westray. Time: 1.09.8 (24.4). Distances: 6 lengths, 4 lengths. Winner trained by Gary Ng Ting-keung. Second trial: 1, MY SILVERO (A. S. Cruz); 2, Clear Classic (R. Thompson); 3, Sea Of Jasper (G. Mosse). Others: Pleasant Surprise, No Second Prize, Better Choice, Top Glory, Fortune Partner. Time: 1.08.1 (24.6). Distances: 2 lengths, 3 lengths. Winner trained by Wong Tang-ping. Third trial: 1, ACTIVE MARKET (R. Thompson); 2, Peace Gallery (A. S. Cruz); 3, King Prawn (G. Mosse). Others: Iron Horse, Golden Age, Optic King, Segovian Recital, Speed Good. Time: 1:08.7 (24.1). Distances: Neck, 3 lengths. Winner trained by Neville Begg.