Let our experts guide you to winning ways... This weekend the Racing Post team launches the 2004-05 racing season with an insider's look at some of the horses most likely to succeed in the early part of the new term. These are the horses that have ability, look to be training well and - most significantly - are READY TO WIN! Chief racing writer Alan Aitken, trackman and tipster Clint Hutchison and myself will be joined by the Jockey Club's popular English-language commentator Mark Richards to provide you with a team of horses you can profitably follow in the new term. We are starting off as a stable of 12, with three horses consigned by each of four of our experts. They'll be managed like a real stable, and we'll reserve the right to hire and fire with some aggressive, profit-conscious management. Each of the horses will have three chances for the stable before being released. If a horse warrants one more chance after three runs, he may be given it. Or if his first two runs are too far below par, he may be sacked one run early. For every sacking, a new horse will be added, but if they aren't Ready To Win, they don't get a start. Each weekend, we will report in this space the successes, failures and changes in our stable - and give you the best insight on which horses are about to break through. In a tough racing environment like Hong Kong, finding winning horses is all about identifying those ready to take the next step up. It's a combination of understanding breeding and racing form and having the expert's eye for when a young horse is about to make a quantum improvement. It's the improving horse that produces the dividend for astute punters; the established horse who has already peaked is the one who often provides the consistent, expensive let-downs. So, let's introduce the Class of 2004-05: the first 12 horses that we consider Ready To Win. And don't forget, three of them are running TODAY. Will they make an early impression? FLORAL DYNAMITE (Brand no: B398, trainer Tony Cruz): This fellow was a high-priced international sale griffin who has won five races and almost $3.9 million from 25 starts. He changed stables before the end of last season and at his only run for the Cruz yard failed to overcome barrier 14. He's been working in excellent fashion, suggesting he has improved, and has always been a good horse when fresh. (selected by Murray Bell). GREAT WIN (D223, David Hayes): The standout among the griffins last season with three wins and two seconds from five starts before everything went wrong in the Juvenile Sprint Trophy. Commanding runner with great natural speed and can win through to the higher grades in the early part of this season. (Alan Aitken). SHARKI (D267, Tony Millard): This former griffin won one of three starts last term before finishing a highly creditable second in The Juvenile Sprint Trophy. The New Zealand-bred son of Cape Cross has only competed over distances up to 1,200 metres but should excel this term over distances up to a mile and possibly further. His pre-season training has been impressive. (Clint Hutchison). GOLDEN MILE (D264, Caspar Fownes): Wasn't showing a lot early last season but improved markedly at his last two runs. Very significantly, he'll return this season on a handicap mark of 40, which sees him tumble into Class 5. He looks to have a bit more dash than the average Class 5 animal and he may be good value when he next goes around (Mark Richards). HIP HIP HOORAY (D258, David Ferraris): This is a very well bred four-year-old, by the hot young sire Tale Of The Cat from a New Zealand classic filly called Triassic. He showed a lot of promise in three runs last season but has matured a lot during the break, both physically and mentally. He's had one trial and been improved by it, as he showed in a gallop down the grass last Monday when he went like a rocket under Douglas Whyte. (MB) TIGER RIDGE (D084, Tony Millard): Big, strong horse who won one of three as a griffin when he was a colt and been gelded in off-season. Showed enough speed to be competitive last season in short races but can be expected to improve with maturity and longer trips. (AA). FASHION JEWELLERY (D177, John Size): Last season caught the eye in a number of trials and his work was excellent. But he was one of the first beaten when starting favourite on debut but his ability is such that he definitely deserves another chance. If he can deliver on the potential he shows in the mornings, then a series of victories could come his way. (CH) ADD THE FUN (D308, Francis Lui): Made a good impression last season, with a debut win up the straight at Sha Tin at a big price - one of only two starts. In a trial at Sha Tin last Saturday he showed good speed to race alongside a number of higher-class horses. He has the size and scope to go on with it, and is attractively rated at present on a mark of 57. (MR). SNIPPEDYDOODA (A207, Caspar Fownes): This son of Snippets did very well for second at his first start for the Fownes stable, and the summer break seems to have done him a world of good. With the exception of classy sprinter Town of Fionn, no horse has trialled more impressively pre-season. He's still rated at a level where he can win. (MB). GREEN TREASURE (D225, Derek Cruz): Brother to consistent older runner Sprinter but looks to have a little more dash to him than that horse. Placed three of four starts and showed enough as a three-year-old last season to suggest he can improve his way out of the Class 3 grade where he starts off this weekend. (AA). LIGHTNING STAR (D405, Caspar Fownes): Formerly known as Ambulance in Australia, where he was trained by John Hawkes, this gelding arrives with exceptional form. He won the Sires' Produce Stakes (Gr 1) at Eagle Farm as a juvenile. He was placed in a number of Group races, including the A.$2 million Doncaster Handicap (Gr 1, 1600m) behind champion mare Private Steer. He clearly has the credentials to be competitive in the Premier grade and may even measure up to the international races later this year. (CH). WIN FOR ALL (D002, David Hall): Formerly a member of the big string of retired training maestro, Ivan Allan, but now finds himself with high-profile rookie David Hall. Caught the eye with a nice bit of work at Sha Tin recently and looks to have strengthened a lot over the lay-off. Has not raced since May but he's done plenty of work and a forward first-up showing is likely when he resumes. (MR).