David Hayes is going through something of a lean patch as far as winners are concerned, but the Australian trainer has plenty to look forward to after Corajoso impressed on his first local start (race 326). The son of Woodman rattled home in the concluding stages over the Valley 1,200 metres after being slowly away, and being given plenty of time to find his feet by Shane Dye. Based on his overseas form he is going to appreciate a move up to a mile, and he should improve markedly on fitness from his only start. He looks a bright prospect, and can be followed next time. Top Of The Crown displayed considerable improvement on his fourth career start when finishing third to Master Ting (race 320). He never threatened at any stage, but appears an improved prospect and should be kept safe next time. Master Ying achieved what very few do by winning his first career start around the tight Valley circuit, and he could be something special. Comfort ran with a good deal of merit when finishing second to comfortable winner Arrectis Auribus as he was made to work hard outside the leader all the way (race 321). He stuck on gamely and there is further improvement to come, while debutant Over Subscribe finished a respectable fourth and he, too, can improve further. Horace's Horse certainly caught the eye on his third career start, which was his third successive start over the minimum trip at Happy Valley (race 324). He is clearly crying out for a longer journey, and the son of Green Perfume is also hitting peak fitness now so he should take some beating next time should he step up to 1,200 metres or further. He also leaves the impression that he would appreciate the long straight at Sha Tin. The soft track at Sha Tin last weekend obviously did not suit all runners, and when looking to the future it is a little harder to have strong convictions about the promising efforts of some of the runners as the likelihood of them finding similar conditions in the imminent future is doubtful. However, Winning Delights did run with a good deal of merit over the 1,200 metres when finishing fifth to Bank On It (race 327). He was near last when turning for home, and closed off strongly in the final quarter to be nearest at the finish. He is definitely looking for at least 1,400 metres, and would arguably prefer even further. Premier Speed finished a game second to impressive winner Golden Years over the 1,400 metres, and was staying on strongly over the concluding stages (race 331). The son of Al Akbar will appreciate a step up to 1,600 metres and should be able to pick up an event off his current rating. The training performance of Ivan Allan has to be commended regarding Derby aspirant Aucash, who showed some of the local sprinters that he is clearly a very versatile individual by winning over 1,200 metres (race 336). He looks to have improved even more this preparation, and looks a leading chance in the Derby at this early stage. Asia Rising looked more than a shade unlucky, and he can be followed next time in a similar contest. ONES TO NOTE: Corajoso, Horace's Horse.