'There will be a few trainers who will look at this and feel they are under pressure' No one at Sha Tin was crowing louder than the Hong Kong Jockey Club after the new kids on the block, freshman trainers Caspar Fownes and Danny Shum Chap-shing, threw down the gauntlet to the established names on the opening day. 'There will be a few guys among the trainers who will look at this today and feel they are under pressure,' said the club's executive director of racing, Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges. 'And I say good. That's what we want: strong competition where everyone has to earn his place. We have restructured the system with the trainers so that good, new people can come through the ranks and that is what is happening. 'We don't just want our future trainers knocking on the door. We want them opening it and coming through and that's what we have seen today. Caspar and Danny have won their first race, and I don't think that David Ferraris will be too far behind judging by the efforts of his first two runners.' The rookie pair finished one-two in the opening event as Fownes racked up his first win with his first runner, Champion Boy, at the expense of Shum's Bullish Kid, who looked home and hosed until the grey swamped him close to home. There was more frustration for Shum in the second when For Your Eyes Only got clear at the 150 metres but failed to hold off John Moore's Winning Parade. 'I guess if I'd been lucky it could have been three wins but looking at it now, I'm happy that the first two didn't win or I might have got too proud,' Shum said after Miracles and Shane Dye - in the fourth event - gave him his maiden career success. 'When they were running second, it gave me some room for improvement.' Formerly with master trainer Ivan Allan for eight years, where he was the senior work rider and assistant trainer for horses like Fairy King Prawn, Indigenous and Olympic Express, Shum struck out this season on his own and has been an instant hit with owners. He began the season with 55 horses, just short of the maximum 60, and the confidence of those owners was uppermost in his mind after Miracles' victory. 'It's a great team effort today. Four runners for a win, two seconds and a close third, and I have to thank all my staff, my owners, my jockeys,' Shum said at day's end. Miracles had made a big impression last season leading throughout to win over 1,400 metres and returned happily to it yesterday albeit in a totally different role. 'I have to say a special thank you to the owner of this horse, because he let me do what I felt was the right thing to do,' Shum continued. 'Even though he won by leading, I looked at the videos of Miracles from last season and I really thought that he might be a better horse ridden more quietly.' That was how Shum trialled Miracles under Dye last Sunday down the straight, when the four-year-old found the line full of running. 'When I asked Shane to ride the horse I was delighted he said yes,' Shum said. 'And he has given him a great ride today, exactly what we wanted.' The win set up a double for Dye, who has kicked off well at each of his four seasons in Hong Kong racing. He added the last event on Chiu Chow Brother for John Size. 'That's a great start for Danny,' Dye said. 'Miracles trialled quite well and Danny obviously has his horses going very well early.'