Espresso, beaten by the track bias when second to Sound Lover last time, looks worth a solid win and place investment in the sixth event on this afternoon's 10-race Sha Tin card. Trainer David Oughton has been at his most patient with this four-year-old son of Military Plume who had a fair share of training problems earlier in the season. Oughton gave him a relatively easy time of it during this period and the benefit of that was there for all to see last time when Espresso made good, strong late headway to all but catch Sound Lover over today's 1,400-metre trip. And with any luck in running, Espresso would have prevailed. The track that day favoured those on the inside and racing near the speed. Espresso was neither as his racing pattern is to get covered up and come with a strong late run. He ended up drifting back through the field, having jumped smartly, as jockey Alan Munro attempted to relax him behind other horses. And to find a run, Munro had to bring him out and around horses and ended up making his challenge nearer the centre of the track than the far rail, yet it was towards the rail that the ground appeared to be riding faster. Against this background, it was a highly creditable effort from Espresso, who was also a progressive sort last season, and an effort which marked him down as a future winner. He may have most to fear from the David Hayes-trained Celestial Chief who should benefit from the move up to 1,400 metres. Last time Celestial Chief chased home Taurus and, like Espresso, might well have been a victim of track bias. Basil Marcus switched Celestial Chief back to the inside as the leader Grassland Star (a winner since) started to wander around a bit. Marcus looked initially as if he was wanting to make his run outside Grassland Star, but when that one came out a tad he was basically forced to go inside for a clear run or run the risk of Grassland Star drifting across him and something else coming up his outside and pocketing him. It took Celestial Chief plenty of time to find his feet on the inside but he really stuck on well on what, through the day, appeared to be slower ground and he has worked extremely well since. Ningbo Warrior scored a facile griffin win on his only start and being by Turkoman, the sire of the likes of Benji and Aly Baba, he should be even better at this 1,400 metres than he was at his winning distance of 1,200 metres. Red Diamond has been improving from run to run as well as slipping down to a competitive handicap mark. He was brought undone by a slow pace last time and is worth throwing into quinellas and tierces along with Markgraf who should appreciate the Class Three company. Oughton and Munro can also win the ninth with Plenty Success who went most firmly into the notebook when sixth to Full Speed Ahead at Happy Valley last time. Elsewhere on the card, Charming City is going to be hard to beat in the opening griffin event while Vigoroso and Stoic should dominate the second.