Lawrie Fownes' yard has struck form in recent weeks and that trend looks set to continue with his promising English import Baccura, who caught the eye on his local debut at Happy Valley last week (race 203). The son of Dolphin Street seemed best at 1,400 metres in England and it was no surprise that he could never get in touch over 1,000 metres in the St Andrew's Challenge Quaich. But he did lengthen out when the leaders were tiring to finish eighth behind My Honour, beaten 5.25 lengths, and his general condition should improve markedly for the outing. With the majority of his better efforts in England coming on tracks such as York and Goodwood, he may be better suited to the long straight at Sha Tin. Geoff Lane's No Competitor had a torrid run after drawing poorly over 1,200 metres, but he stuck to his guns well in the concluding stages and it was a worthy effort considering he was only beaten three lengths (race 198). Profit Treasure ran his best race to date when only three-quarters of a length behind Country Dragon in first-time blinkers (race 199). Tony Cruz appears to have found the key to Country Dragon, who left the impression that he can win again. Francis Lui Kin-wai's Turf Luck had been given a solid preparation leading up to his debut and hit the line strongly to finish sixth behind Aficionado (race 200). While there may not be much improvement to come in terms of fitness, the experience of his only start will benefit the son of Marauding. Horace's Horse looked desperately in need of the outing when making his debut over 1,000 metres (race 201) and, while he may have found a rather thin contest on his first start, there should be loads of improvement to come. Manfred Man's Lucky Master was something of a shock winner at 66-1 at Sha Tin on Saturday (race 205), but a slight change in tactics made all the difference. He still looked green in the concluding stages and there could well be further improvement to come. Ivan Allan's Holy Quest was made to work far too hard in the lead after pressing on from a wide barrier under apprentice Vincent Sit (race 207). The early sectionals were extremely quick for a Class Five contest and he ran well to finish fifth. He leaves the impression that he could win next time if he is rated better over the slightly shorter trip of 1,200 metres. Allan's Companion was well ridden by Shane Dye to land the spoils on his seasonal reappearance (race 209). The well-bred son of Danehill should progress a good deal further in the handicap as he was not fully tuned up for his outing. The progressive Flying Machine lost nothing in defeat, while Operation Humour appears to have picked up this season where he left off last term and can be followed again. Brian Kan Ping-chee's Good Record easily accounted for a moderate Class One field over the Sha Tin mile (race 211), but the effortless manner in which he won suggests he could make the rise to Premier Class, especially as he could be even more effective over 1,800 metres or further. Stablemate Danefactor ran an enormous race after being caught at least four wide over 2,000 metres (race 212). He was only beaten 2.75 lengths behind Luckswell and with a more favourable draw should prove highly competitive next time. ONES TO NOTE: Baccura, Holy Quest.