LAWRIE Fownes, last season's nearly man, whizzed to the top of the trainer standings with a 684-1 treble at Sha Tin yesterday. Fownes, who finished an agonising one winner behind joint champions David Hill and John Moore last June, yesterday moved to five winners in the first three meetings of the new campaign. The former Calcutta champion provided visiting Canadian-based rider Dave Penna with his first Hong Kong winner when conjuring a win from the injury-plagued Blazing Blade in the second. His next two winners, Super Bingo II and Courageous, in the third and fifth, were enough to propel stable jockey Darren Gauci into an early-season lead in the jockeys' championship. Courageous' 19-1 strike in the Hong Kong Country Club Cup left Fownes saying: ''My attitude is that there are races to be won at this stage of the season as there are at all other times from now until June. ''So we might as well get cracking and have a good go at them just as we do throughout the campaign.'' Penna will need his 10 per cent cut from first prize of $313,500 in yesterday's second event as he was also hit by his second whip-abuse fine in two meetings. He was relieved of $6,000 as Blazing Blade returned with ''severe weal marks'' according to the official stipes report. Another expat to chalk up his first Hong Kong succes was American Randy Romero whose 18-1 outsider Mount Hansen pulled off the shock of the day when he overhauled 2-1 favourite Dashing in the Classes One and Two sixth event. Dashing, last season's pin-up galloper, looked to be heading for an expected victory under English rider Dean McKeown when Mount Hansen came from an incredibly wide and last berth at the turn to win by almost two lengths. Dashing's trainer, Geoff Lane, said: ''I don't think you could be unhappy at all with the way he ran. It was a very good run first-up and nobody is in any doubt that he is a very good horse. ''As to the immediate future, well I would not rule out the Invitation Bowl if things went right for him.'' Romero, who was criticised for his ride on hot-pot Sure Win King at Happy Valley on Wednesday night, again came very wide on the home bend on Mount Hansen and the five-year-old looked to have an enormous task ahead. But as Dashing faded slightly, Mount Hansen who was with Fownes last season surged through. It was a similar near-two-length margin back to third-placed Peace Gallery (6-1) who also looked a threat for several strides late on. But he did not follow it through although there could be a race for the Eddie Lo Kwok-chow sprinter in due course. Former champion trainer Brian Kan Ping-chee had to wait until the final race to taste success. English import Gold Yue Yee (5-1) got the upper hand in a gripping battle with the Tony Cruz-ridden Natural Talent (3-1 favourite) in a driving finish to the Classes One and Two longer sprint. And it was full marks to now senior rider Jimmy K. H. Ting who not only fought off international ace Cruz but found time to straighten his mount in the final stages as it hung in.