Many months and dollars after the Jockey Club announced that it was investing in Stride, the sophisticated equine timing system finally made its debut during the International Races meeting on Sunday. The multi-million-dollar state-of-the art technology, which makes use of a transponder (tag) in a jockey's cap which sends out signals to transceivers placed around the track, provides welcome additional information for form analysts. Whether it is worth the millions invested in it is debatable, but those reading the form would be well advised to take advantage of it. The important data is the sectional times. Knowing whether a horse is running fourth or 14th seems of little value to punters, however, as they would be watching the runners, not the numbers, during the race. The Jockey Club has said it is open to suggestions where the new technology is concerned, and one place to start could be including sectionals for the final 200 metres. The finishing speed of a horse is always an important factor in form analysis. Interestingly, Stride - which stands for Sectional Timing Racing Information Dynamic Entertainment - was available on Sunday, but access to the information was removed from the website yesterday. In any case, there were plenty of positives to come from its debut, and using the sectionals as a reference point, the performance of Roosevelt was quite exceptional. The 2004 Derby contender ran extremely well to finish fourth behind Vallee Enchantee in the Hong Kong Vase (Race 255). Unsurprisingly, the winner had the fastest final 800 metres - 47.36 seconds - but Roosevelt was little inferior to that, covering the final half in the third-fastest time of 47.59. In a steadily run race, it was an excellent effort from the Irish import, who looks a very bright prospect and is yet another strong contender for what's shaping up as a vintage Derby. The final 800 metres of Bowman's Crossing was almost a second quicker than that of eventual winner Lucky Owners in the Hong Kong Mile (Race 259). It was just his third run back this season, but he is clearly back to his best, and should be figuring prominently in the feature races to come. Backers of Japanese entry Lohengrin can feel hard done by as he clearly would have won but for being carried very wide by Ninetyfive Emperor. Flying Success (third) and Sight Champion (fourth) both ran well in defeat, covering the final 800 metres 0.8 seconds faster than winner San Lorenzo (Race 256). It was a decisive performance from Gem On India in defeating debutant Tiber and California Hawk over 1,400 metres (Race 258). The winner displayed marked improvement from his opening outing of the season and clearly has the potential to rise a good deal higher in the ratings. Tiber appeared to tire inside the final 100 metres, but is a nice prospect, while California Hawk also looks headed for better things. There were several eye-catching runs in the race won by Figures over 1,400 metres (Race 261). Sparkling Star (fifth) fairly rattled home as did Ain't Here (fourth) and both appear to have a future when stepped up in distance. The debut performance of Town Of Fionn last week when second to Down For The Count over 1,000 metres at Happy Valley (Race 247) was excellent. He should be winning his way out of Class Four very soon. Ones To Note: Roosevelt, Tiber, Town Of Fionn.