David Hayes and jockey Dwayne Dunn missed out narrowly in the day's feature at Sha Tin yesterday but they were on fire early, winning the opening two races together in nail-biting finishes. The pair won the griffin event with Songs Of The Sun by a short head before managing to stretch the winning margin to a head in the next. 'I don't know if it was my horse fighting too strongly or the the other one just weakening a touch near the line but it's nice to be getting the photos,' an excited Hayes said after Salut Beaute lifted from a seemingly-beaten position in the final 100 metres to outgun first-starter Bacchus in the second race. 'I said February would be a much better month for the stable. It must be the Year Of The Horse that's bringing us some luck again.' Salut Beaute, a half-brother to the Group One winning Australian straight-course sprinter of 1998, Isca, certainly responded better again to the straight turf course than the all-weather surface. 'He absolutely hated the all-weather last time - he didn't show pace, he just couldn't do anything on it,' Hayes said. 'But his run had been good down the straight first start behind Unbreakable and coming back to it today brought him back to that form. What I liked was how he fought like a tiger when the pressure was on. You can often win with a horse who isn't quite good enough if he has that sort of will to win. Bacchus was having his first run and mine has had two so that might have helped, but it was a very tough win.' Hayes said that, although Isca had been purely a sprinter, Salut Beaute's sire Bin Ajwaad might be responsible for some added stamina. 'This horse looks to me like the kind you could put into a 1,400-metre race and he'd race on the speed and fight on,' Hayes said. 'He is fast, but not necessarily a 1,000-metre specialist type.' The Hayes stable has yet to send out a griffin runner and not collect a cheque, and Songs Of The Sun's brilliant gate-speed paved the way for an upset win over hot favourite Anabatik. Songs Of The Sun began like a startled rabbit from gate seven, brushing the favourite on his inside as he crossed quickly to the rail and the lead inside the first 150 metres. Dunn was later reprimanded by the stewards for breaching the crossing pole rule, but the move made a winning difference for the colt. Songs Of The Sun reached the rail while Anabatik (Eric Saint-Martin) balanced up and gave chase, closing right to the line. The John Moore-trained gelding would have scored in one more bound but, despite the tightness of the finish, there was no protest lodged over the early bump. 'Songs Of The Sun has just kept on improving since he came into the stable, which you can see by the way he has easily beaten Ever More today and that horse beat him when the pair made their debut,' Hayes said. 'What I like about him is that natural gate speed that he has. He's going to be a terrific horse for sprints around Happy Valley next season.' Hayes' double closed the gap on championship leader Tony Cruz, although he took one winner away from the meeting. Medic Corps (Felix Coetzee) took advantage of a good gate and reversed the result at his debut over Geoff Lane's Best For All in the fourth event, putting to rest any fears about his mental attitude. At his second run, Medic Corps had suffered severe interference close to home when sixth but Cruz said he had taken no ill-effect. 'He is fine and a nice improving young horse,' Cruz said. 'Perhaps I should have run him at 1,400 metres last start instead of 1,200 metres again. This certainly looks like a better distance for him, although Felix still reckons he can win at 1,200 metres.'