The two Australian entries for the Hong Kong Mile wound up their preparations with defeats as short-priced favourites yesterday but trainers were not complaining. Shogun Lodge, ridden by Darren Beadman, was an odds-on favourite for the black type Festival Stakes (1,400m) at Sydney's Rosehill racecourse under top weight of 135 pounds, but was pocketed behind runners for the length of the straight and finished seventh, beaten just two lengths. Trainer Bob Thomsen tried to be philosophical. 'They didn't give an inch out there. They just kept him on the fence and there wasn't anything Darren could do about it,' said Thomsen. 'But at least he hasn't been knocked around and he will benefit from that as he hasn't raced for six weeks. You couldn't ask for a nicer barrier trial. He's hardly blowing at all and at least he's come out of this perfectly.' In Melbourne, Show A Heart struck fitness problems rather than traffic snarls under his 138 pounds handicap and was beaten on the line at Caulfield over 1,440 metres, in his first start for four weeks. With Show A Heart giving 20 pounds to the winner, trainer Barry Miller was not disappointed. 'He had to have that race for the Hong Kong Mile,' Miller said. 'It will do him the world of good. He was a bit fresh today and will be better when he settles back on a fast pace in Hong Kong.' Patrick Payne, who stood in for Hong Kong Mile jockey Glen Boss, said: 'He just couldn't shake off the other one at the weights but he pulled up well and his action was good.'