Geoff Lane's lightly-raced Darwin was most impressive as he finished third in the only barrier trial at Sha Tin yesterday. Eric Legrix has been doing most of the work on the son of Defensive Play in the past month and, judging by the way he finished off this all-weather trial over the minimum 1,050-metre trip, it could pay dividends in the near future. Legrix never moved an inch in the concluding stages and it appeared Darwin could have won the trial easily if he had been asked for an effort. He is working in fine order and can followed when he next appears. Tony Millard's Winning Boy took the heat after setting a solid tempo along with Ricky Yiu Poon-fie's Smart Money and then drawing away to record a smart time of one minute 2.9 seconds. It was a nice trial from Winning Boy, who has flourished since joining Millard, and he indicated that there may be another win in him before the season ends. There was not much to note among the rest of the field with the exception of Lane's other entrant, Forever Gold, who made steady ground all the way to the line under Simon Yim. He has often worked well in the past, but like most from the yard is holding his condition very well. Looking forward to this weekend's Sha Tin Vase, Centenary Cup winner King Of Danes was put through his paces on Monday down the Riverside, where he glided over 800 metres in 47.3 seconds, stretching out stylishly in 22.2 for the final quarter. Another who looks primed to run a big race is the Ivan Allan-trained Cliffhanger, who covered 800 metres down the Riverside in 46.8 seconds. The classy son of Anita's Prince was second to Fairy King Prawn on his last start in the Chairman's Sprint Prize but, with his stablemate not taking part this weekend, he should take some beating judging on his recent work.