Tony Cruz's talented sprinter Country Music is expected to bounce back to winning form this afternoon in his first attempt over 1,200 metres at Sha Tin. The robust son of 1994 Golden Slipper winner Danzero has risen steadily through the grades this term, improving his rating from 52 to 83 and notching three wins and two seconds along the way. Although the only time he failed to hit the frame was over 1,200 metres at Happy Valley, he probably should have won that night and there is no doubt he is looking for the step up in trip. He was beaten 41/4 lengths by Able Prince on April 3 in the Kowloon Cricket Club Centenary Cup and the form of that race has been boosted with third-placed Special King Prawn winning last weekend. Country Music is competitively weighted with 116 pounds, has regular pilot Felix Coetzee in the saddle and is jumping out of gate two, so there is plenty in his favour. Stablemate Our Class looks the likely leader and should set a good tempo. He simply didn't see out the 1,650 trip on the all-weather on April 21 and this looks a more suitable contest. On the down side he has not won since New Year's Day of 2002 and is simply not the force he used to be. Interestingly, one of the main dangers is expected to be David Ferraris' Australian import Vengeance Of Rain (rated 84), who is making his local debut. This fellow won the Veuve Clicquot Stakes (Listed, 1,200 metres) before finishing fifth in the Sires' Produce (Gr 1) over 1,400 metres in Victoria. He has won two recent trials in good style and has shown enough potential to warrant serious respect. Ferraris also unleashes Every Time (rated 87) for the first time. Every Time was a multiple winner over sprint distances in South Africa, but based on his overall form he does look at his mark in the handicaps. His all-weather trial last week was only fair and there should be plenty of improvement to come from the outing. Dennis Yip Chor-hong's New Zealand-bred debutant Stardane (rated 90) won the Hawke's Bay Guineas (Gr 3, 1,400 metres) in his homeland and prevailed in an all-weather dirt trial last week. He has shown potential in his work, but a good guide to his chances may be the fact that Douglas Whyte has opted to ride Golden Care in preference. Golden Care, a South African import, has been crying out for a step up to 1,200 metres following a couple of sound performances down the straight course behind the likes of Special King Prawn and Able Prince. Country Music beat him by five lengths when they last met on April 3 and on the strength of that effort it's hard to see him turning the tables. He has shown enough potential to fill a minor placing, however. The luck of the draw did not go the way of Always Welcome (gate 13) who has been in good form in recent months. He has proven very effective over the minimum trips on both courses and the concern today is that he may have to work a fraction too hard from that wide gate. He is competitively weighted, however, and with a little luck in running he can fill a minor placing. It would be hard to make a case for either Star Prodigy and Cop Hill Lad, neither of whoss made much impression on their respective debuts. Cop Hill Lad showed no real improvement in his dirt trial on April 23 and may need more time, while much the same could be said for Star Prodigy, who leaves the impression he would appreciate a longer journey. Another to treat with caution is Danamite, who takes a drop in grade and distance following a four-month layoff from racing. His recent trials have not been encouraging and this run should be considered a fitness enhancer. The distance should also be too sharp for Dynamic Fun, who has not competed since early February. He is one to watch for later. Bobo Duck has not won since November 2001 and is best suited to the extended mile at Happy Valley. He also needs further relief in the ratings. The form of One Step Ahead has taken a turn for the worse, reaching a nadir with an 111/2-length 10th behind Town Of Fionn on April 17. This ageing galloper should find a few too good once again and is best left out of calculations. A good value chance may be Triple Expresso, who powered home for fifth behind Town Of Fionn in that race. He is a multiple winner over the course and distance and has fallen to a competitive mark in the ratings.