David Hayes' excitement after the Bauhinia Sprint Trophy didn't stop at the winner, as his Hong Kong Derby hope, Danamite, finally made it to the races and caught every eye in finishing eighth. Danamite was outpaced as expected in the early stages, but was storming at the leading runners in the final 100m to be beaten only 3.5 lengths. 'He had a setback in November, but we caught it early, forgot about any idea of trying to run in the International Races and put him away for the Derby, which was always his main goal anyway. That was a fantastic run and now we have to get him to the Derby fit and ready,' Hayes enthused. 'He's a lovely, big strong horse. This really was not his game, but he'll step up to 1600 metres in the Premier class race in a fortnight and then we'll see something more like his real form. He'll then go into the Derby two weeks later. 'Danamite is the sort of horse who can race on the pace over 2,000 metres and make his own luck, and he is already proven in the top class in Australia up to 2400 metres, so I'm pretty excited about seeing him run so well here,' Hayes said.