QUICKEN AWAY underlined he has come out of his Piaget Gold Cup exertions none the worse for wear with a strong gallop on the grass at Sha Tin yesterday morning. The former dual Horse Of The Year has run as well as ever on his last two outings, coming home a gallant third to Glen Kate in the International Bowl, then all but defying 140lb when caught in the final strides by Galway in the inaugural running of the Piaget. His big chance for glory comes in Sunday's end-of-season sprint championship, the $2.5 million Chairman's Prize. In yesterday's gallop he covered his 1,200 metres in a distinctly useful one minute 12.2 seconds. He covered his final 400 metres in a pleasing 22.9 seconds off some very fast pace work. This is slightly slower than he worked prior to his last big races but then the track is riding appreciably slower after taking some heavy downpours in the last few days. It was a busy morning at the track for Darren Gauci for whom it has been a tremendous first season with 33 winners to date and counting with the likes of Speedster, Super Fit and Nitrogen all working in the style of future winners yesterday morning. Nitrogen galloped on the grass with stablemate Kadbridge and appeared to be going slightly the better of the pair as they went to the line locked together in a very fast and highly impressive 21.6 for their final quarter. Not too much should be read into this being 1.3 seconds faster than Quicken Away's last 400 metres as the grey went much faster in his earlier sections. Nitrogen is now on top form but will not find things at all easy at the set weights should he take up his entry in the Chairman's Prize. Speedster came in for plenty of support when apprentice ridden on the equitrack last time, having run well for a long way over too long a trip the time before. In fact, he didn't adapt to the dirt at all. He didn't handle the sharp bends of the Valley equitrack and he was far too difficult a ride for an apprentice. That run is best forgotten. Watch out for him back at Sha Tin over 1,000 metres, preferably, but also 1,200 metres. Yesterday he worked appreciably better than stablemate, Super Structure, and could well get away with something before the end of the season. Super Fit has put together two progressive wins on his last two starts, staying on stoutly over the mile last time. Yesterday he looked every bit as well as ever when surging to the line under Gauci. Wylie Wong had Gauci on Success Trend yesterday morning. Success Trend badly needed his belated reappearance but was noted moving better in a trial on the grass over 1,200 metres at Sha Tin last Tuesday. Yesterday he picked up well to the line and is returning to form. In other work yesterday there was also a most encouraging piece from Eddie K.C. Lo's Rising Sun who looks primed to run a big race in a low-grade staying event. There were also two trials on the equitrack yesterday with Gary Ng Ting-keung's Mannidear the one to note from the opening heat won by Rocketeer. He has been assessed into Class Three in which grade he looks capable of giving a good account of himself. The second trial was won in great style by Chris Cheung's Optic Empire who went from trap to line hard on the bridle. He was re-united with Johnny Marshall and clearly goes better for him than any other jockey. There was also a second eye-catching trial from John Moore's Class three recruit Amigo. He is definitely one for the notebook. First trial: 1, ROCKETEER (G. Childs); 2, Star Of Marble (A. S. Cruz); 3, Hankow Star (J. Marshall). Others: Mannidear, Our Pal, Good Scene, California Luck, Chung San, Suraj, Good Health. Time: 1:03.0 (24.5). Distances: 11/2 lengths, 11/4 lengths. Winnertrained by Derek Cruz. Second trial: 1, OPTIC EMPIRE (J. Marshall); 2, Mount Hansen (A. S. Cruz); 3, Flying Supreme (D. Lee). Others: Monkey Saint, Appreciation, Drawing Away, Light Sensation, Winner's Special, Amigo. Time: 1.02.1 (24.4). Distances: 1/2 length, head. Winner trained by Cheung Ting-pong.