Geoff Lane's lightly raced Mr President, who had been showing signs of improvement in his trackwork leading up to his weekend run at Sha Tin, is one to watch after confirming that promise with sixth place behind The Greatest (race 155). After settling near the rear, Simon Yim asked the son of Maroof for an effort in the straight and he responded all the way to the line. The tempo of the 1,400-metre event suited those nearer the front and, should Mr President find a suitable race over a mile or farther, he will have an opportunity to ditch his maiden tag. Forever Victory finished third in the same event, a sound performance considering he was caught three wide towards the tail-end of the field. Eddie Lo's Boxing Day has shown glimpses of potential in his three starts this term, but his effort when attempting to make all over 1,400 metres (race 154) should not go unnoticed. The early sectionals set by apprentice Henry Tsang were a shade too quick and, with the majority of the principals coming from off the pace, his effort in finishing fourth to Orlando Flyer was noteworthy. Both of Ivan Allan's winners, Clever Citation (race 156) and Trillion Win (race 160), came from well-judged front-running rides. It would not be wise to draw too much of a line out of the form from either event, as the pace was clearly a strong factor. Taking that into account, Honest Steed finished off fairly well to get within three lengths of Clever Citation and he would appreciate a step up to 2,000 metres or farther. Devon Elite finally delivered some of the promise he has been showing on the training track when second to Universal Pegasus (race 157) and the application of blinkers clearly made a significant difference. Fourth-placed Cherokee Express was staying on at one pace in the 1,200-metre event and could pick up an event on the all-weather over 1,650 metres or farther. Exultation finished well adrift of Chiu Chow Brother (race 158), but it was a far better performance from the son of Marju. He finds the mile beyond his capabilities, and when he is switched back to 1,400 metres or less, he could be a value chance worth including. Precision lost no admirers in defeat under top weight of 131 pounds and was a shade unlucky not to have won (race 159). While Douglas Whyte was angling out for a run, the leaders dashed and gained that valuable couple of lengths on Precision, who may be looking to step up from 1,400 metres to at least a mile, or preferably farther. David Hill's debutant, Don Carlos, looked in need of the outing and was still very green in the concluding stages in his event over 1,400 metres (race 161). With a stronger senior rider, he possibly would have finished closer and there is plenty of improvement to come from the son of Celtic Swing. Snippedydooda blitzed his rivals on his first run around the tight Valley circuit (race 151) and he appears to be improving with every start. Handicapper Ciaran Kennelly has not missed him in the handicap, though, having given him 14 points for his impressive display. He will find it considerably harder next time, but can improve over 1,400 metres and may get a mile in time. Debutant Halo King Prawn caught the eye back in the pack and he should be kept safe next time. John Size's Chief's Fortune found 1,200 metres too sharp to get fully wound up (race 147), but he was staying on nicely and can atone over 1,400 metres or farther. Considering most of those on the pace faded tamely in a contest set up for Romantic Venture's late kick (race 148), Country Dragon fought on gamely to finish fourth and his winning ways are not over. Tumbler ran fairly well in defeat considering he lost a plate in running, but has proved somewhat inconsistent in the past (race 147). Alex Wong Siu-tan's barren run continued with Luckswell having no luck at all in the 2,200-metre contest (race 152). Considering he was tightened for room and lost ground at a vital stage, he can be given another chance over a similar journey. ONES TO NOTE: Mr President, Don Carlos.