SATISFACTION can give jockey Randy Romero and his trainer Gary Ng Ting-keung a tremendous start to their association by taking the feature Kwangtung Cup at the eagerly-awaited opening meeting of the season at Sha Tin this afternoon. Romero has been one of the best riders in America for years - some argue the very best - and Ng has proved himself a most skilful placer of his horses since he was first granted a licence for the 1990-91 campaign. Satisfaction was one of the first horses to build Ng's reputation as he won twice with him in that opening season and then three more times the following year. These five victories came despite veterinary advice to Ng that the best thing for the horse was retirement given the fragility of his legs. Last season Satisfaction paid the penalty of those wins and was always a tad too high in the weights. He showed distinct signs of a return to form towards the backend, as he crept back down the weights. But he then missed the race which looked to be his best chance when rain forced the abandonment of the night's last race at Sha Tin's penultimate meeting of the season. Satisfaction has come back into work much earlier this time round and his preparation smacks of Ng having trained him specifically for this race. He has worked well in jump outs down the back straight and was also noted galloping all over the top of his rivals in a recent trial. On his work he looks to be fit enough to do himself justice. Given that he starts the season on a mark 15 pounds lower than 12 months ago, he seems the pick of the weights. And he has a proven course record and distance, having already scored three times over the Sha Tin mile. The biggest danger may come from Brian Kan Ping-chee's Village Bard who is a lightly-framed type and will not take too much getting ready. He could also get the run of the race as he likes to make the pace and there doesn't look to be anything that will take him on in front. Of the others, Crown Commander is pretty forward and may just have the edge over Icy Bet on grounds of fitness. Our Pal was a credit to Derek Cruz in the latter part of last season, winning on four of his last five outings. But his only Class Two victory came in an uncompetitive event. As fit and as well as Our Pal has been going in his work, he could just be a fewpounds too high. Romero and Ng also have a solid chance with Smile For Me in this afternoon's third event. Smile For Me clearly goes well fresh as he comes out just about the pick of the weights. On his first-time-out effort of last season, he was a head second to Diamond Treasure over today's course and distance - the straight 1,000-metre track. He then rather lost his way in his next three outings but seems to have been brought back to form by Ng in the mornings at trackwork and was responsible for an encouraging trial recently. He is a definite quinella chance. Preference is given for the Derek Cruz-trained, Gary Carter-ridden Leprechaun over Eddie K. C. Lo's Star Greeting who will be partnered by Tony Cruz. Leprechaun has been given a very solid preparation for his seasonal reappearance. He is likely to be suited by further distances later on but has been showing enough dash in his work to suggest that he can grab the lead coming inside the final 100 metres and provide Carter with a welcome first winner as a Hong Kong-based rider. Leprechaun has been drawn next to Star Greeting, who appears to be blessed with more natural speed than the selection. This should allow Carter to track Star Greeting and pounce in the final stages. Of the others Turf Apex and Picador should be noted.