This time of the season, for the sheer concentration of championship races, is about as good as it gets. A winner or two can make things even better. To this end, watch out for the David Hayes-trained Eastern Magnate on Saturday's enthralling Champions and Chater Cup card. The 2,400-metre staying finale is a tremendous event, in and of itself, with master mentor Ivan Allan putting likely favourite and the likely winner, Indigenous, through a solid 800-metre workout with stablemate and fellow entry Billion Win yesterday morning. But in terms of betting material, it has to be Eastern Magnate who came through a pleasing 800 metres for local jockey Danny Lee yesterday. Lee isn't licensed for next season. It would be fitting if he could bow out with a good winner or two as he has done his trainers and owners proud over the seasons with his unwavering loyalty. He's struggling these days but in his pomp he was mighty useful if getting one to the front. It remains to be seen whether he'll have the ride on Hayes' Eastern Magnate. His presence on his back yesterday may have been due to the fact that he rides a lot of work for the Hayes stable where his brother is assistant trainer. All the same, Hayes also has the newcomer Don't Know When in the race and stable jockey Basil Marcus was on him yesterday. Don't Know When has been shaping nicely, too, and it just could be that yesterday's work arrangements are Saturday's riding arrangements. If so Eastern Magnate, improving from race to race and unlucky not to go very close last time when badly held up for a run halfway down the Sha Tin straight, could represent a spot of value. The name D. Lee alongside a horse doesn't tend to excite the punters. Saturday and Eastern Magnate could be a time to buck the trend. Lawrie Fownes has Taurus in against Eastern Magnate and Don't Know When and he could be worth throwing into the quinellas. Taurus was also unlucky last time when beaten by the tempo and bias. Fownes has freshened him up since and yesterday's solid 1,200-metre hitout under stable jockey Wendyll Woods indicated a bold showing can be expected. And look out for John Moore's griffin, Alex's Pride, in the two-year-old event. He's done plenty, done it well and was out and about impressing again yesterday as was Tony Cruz's griffin High Spirits who performed a demolition job on his fellow griffins in a trial down the straight yesterday. High Spirits won by six lengths from Andy Leung's Sight First and is clearly going the right way. It would be a surprise if he didn't win before the curtain comes down on June 13.