Punters can dive in early today for one of the better bets on the Sha Tin programme by following Peter Ho's promising stayer Monza King in the opening event. The late-maturing son of Kaapstad was improving all the time last season and began to find his feet late in the campaign, which culminated with victory over the extended journey of 2,400 metres. He gave the impression he was one to follow for this season, as he clearly has a strong affection for longer trips and could quite easily rise markedly through the handicap given the shortage of decent stayers in Hong Kong. That win at the end of last term came against stronger opposition than Monza King faces today, and the only negative factor is that it is quite difficult to win over this 2,000-metre journey at the first time of asking and he is the only runner in the field not to have had a start already this season. However, he really should have too much ability for his rivals, and he certainly moved well enough in a recent barrier trial to suggest he is spot on for today's assignment. The main pick for the quinella - which may offer more value as Monza King is likely to start short enough in the betting - is Welldone Kid. He looked in need of the outing on his seasonal reappearance when he found the journey on the short side and the step up in distance today is highly favourable. He will also appreciate the easier competition and should figure in the finish. Ricky Yiu Poon-fie's Dragon Win has battled on gamely at one pace in his two starts this season and he is another who will appreciate the move up in trip. The main concern for him is that he is always vulnerable to anything with a decent turn of foot. Spartan has been holding his form rather well this season and has been a shade unlucky not to have won. He is something of an unknown quantity over this trip, but has certainly given the impression in the past that he should handle it and has won over 1,800 metres. He must be included due to his recent run of good form. The remainder look rather ordinary to put it mildly, but Fun Manager ran well enough in this grade the time before last, and a similar effort could see him fill a minor placing. Another possibility could be Jumbo Luck, who has failed to make the frame in three attempts over course and distance but looks a brighter prospect this time with Douglas Whyte on board. Whyte has another good book of rides at the meeting, and he should prove hard to beat on the promising Always Win in the eighth event. The well-bred son of Marju scored a superlative victory on his seasonal reappearance, which was far better than the three-quarters of a length margin suggests. On that occasion, Whyte had to wait longer than he would have liked for an opening but, when the gap finally came, Always Win responded well under hands-and-heels riding. Taking into account that he was by no means fully tuned up for that outing and has been crying out for a longer trip, he should have further improvement to come. Danefactor looks to be the main danger. The switch back to a mile did not look favourable last time and he can be expected to show improvement now he is reunited with Gerald Mosse, who has had two rides for as many wins on him. Dragon Power rarely disappoints, but a good value chance for the multiples may be Fisherman's Creek, who caught the eye on his last outing. On that occasion he made steady headway on the wrong part of the track, and it was a much better performance than anything he had shown in the past. Whyte also looks to have a solid chance in the third event with Multidandy, who has been something of a morning star in his trials and general trackwork. He was a costly disappointment for punters on his only start as a griffin when he finished a moderate third at odds of 1.3-1. While it is unlikely that he will start as short as that today, he has continued to impress in his work and trials and should have benefited from the experience last season. There are several debutants in the 1,000-metre event. The best of them may be Choice And Chance and Danhero, who have both moved reasonably well in their work, while Unbreakable also impressed in his trial down the straight course. However, if one is willing to oppose the likely favourite, it may be worth having a small flutter on Rare Collection, who blitzed his rivals over the same course and distance last time and is well weighted.