Charming City brought New Year good luck to his supporters for the second year running with a convincing success in the Bauhinia Sprint Trophy yesterday. The son of Chief's Crown, who won the Classic Mile on the same card last year, handled the straight 1,000 metres with aplomb to score a half-length victory which left trainer David Hayes eyeing a bid for a clean sweep of the Champion Sprint Series. 'He'll go for the other races in the series now,' said Hayes, who was pleased that Charming City had taken a golden opportunity to land another Group One win. 'There wasn't a big-name horse in the race today and I thought he had a great chance. I'd say he's a top-line Hong Kong sprinter, but he always finds a superstar like Fairy King Prawn too good.' All Thrills Too is a probable rival in the next leg of the series - the Centenary Sprint Cup on Derby Day - but Charming City's authoritative win showed he will be no pushover for his year-younger stablemate. Hayes said: 'All Thrills Too has more natural ability, though Charming City would not have been far behind him at the same stage of his career. He's not in the superstar class, but he's still a pretty good horse.' With the field tracking across to the far side of the course, Basil Marcus was able to get a perfect position on Charming City, who was always cruising just off the pace set by Cliffhanger and was not stretched until Marcus pressed the button in the last 200 metres. The seven-times champion jockey got an immediate answer and Charming City always looked likely to hold the late challenge of Solid Contact, even though his lead was diminishing fast at the line. 'He travelled really well through the race and I knew early on from the way he was going that he would be right in there with a chance at the end,' Marcus said. 'He quickened when I asked him and he kept on well to the line. It was a good win.' Charming City had been running well in sprints earlier in the season before stepping up in distance for the Hong Kong Mile, where he finished a respectable seventh. He then disappointed when only eighth behind Our Class in the Chinese Club Challenge Cup (1,200 metres) on January 1, but Hayes explained: 'He had a bit of a cough after that run, so I gave him a a break before bringing him back today. Like me, he's better when he's had a rest.' Charming City reversed that last-start form in no uncertain fashion yesterday, with Our Class finishing a distant ninth after being sent off 29-10 favourite, despite being much worse at the weights with Charming City and Solid Contact. The latter, who was 10th in the Chinese Club Challenge Cup before another disappointing effort behind Aucash last time, also bounced back to form with a great run from the unfavourable 14 barrier. Derek Cruz was not looking for excuses, though. 'Everything was right for him today and I thought he would run a big race,' said the in-form trainer. 'I liked the draw, the ground and the set-weight conditions. He was coming strong at the end but he was beaten by a very good horse. We'll have another crack at him in the 1,000-metre race on Derby Day.' John Moore did put forward an excuse for third-placed Triple Expresso, who was right in the firing line under Mick Kinane until fading in the last 200 metres to finish two lengths off the winner. 'Mick said he was going to go and win the race, but just didn't go through at the end,' Moore said. 'After the race we found the horse had lost his near-hind shoe, so now we know the reason. I'm very pleased with the run and he'll probably go for the Centenary Sprint Cup, but the race he's really waiting for is the Martell Cup at Happy Valley, which he won last year.'