Let our experts guide you to winning ways... Two placings from our first four runners was a promising start to the 2004 Racing Post Ready To Win stable. Green Treasure ran a splendid first-up third to the John Moore-trained Lucky Lad, and is clearly open to further improvement. The Derek Cruz-trained galloper has not been fully squeezed just yet and there is another level of progress to be made yet. We must stick with him. Snippedydooda had the misfortune to bump into a very classy one in Triumphant Unicorn in the final event at Sha Tin last Sunday. And as Clint Hutchison observed in his Mark Your Card column earlier in the week, Triumphant Unicorn went half a second better than standard after allowing for the speed of the track on the day. This confirms the visual evidence that the event was stronger than average, and therefore the form out of it should be strong. The disappointment of the four was Hip Hip Hooray, who could only manage fifth in the sixth event, beaten 33/4 lengths behind Northern Rose. We don't like making excuses for horses but the pace in this race was disappointingly slow and Hip Hip Hooray simply didn't let down properly when they quickened up in the straight. Hip Hip Hooray has not been a straight-forward horse and it has taken trainer David Ferraris and Douglas Whyte a lot of work to get him thinking right. With this kind of horse, often the only way to bring out the best is more racing. However, we'll cautiously give him one more chance before a decision on his future in the team is finalised. Tiger Ridge, put into the RTW team by Alan Aitken, looked likely to win on the home turn at Happy Valley on Wednesday night but just blew out in the concluding stages. He ran a pleasing fifth and is definitely ready to step up to the plate with the fitness benefit he'll derive from this outing. TODAY'S RUNNERS GOLDEN MILE (D264, trainer Caspar Fownes): Wasn't showing a lot early last season but Improved markedly at his last two runs last season. 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, especially with the 10 pound claim for progressive apprentice Jacky Tong Chi-kit (selected by Mark Richards). FASHION JEWELLERY (D177, John Size): Last season caught the eye in a number of trials and his work was excellent. However, 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. He resumes over 1,000 metres, and Size has removed the blinkers because he raced a bit too keenly on debut. (selected by Clint Hutchison). FLORAL DYNAMITE (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's improved, and has always been a good horse when fresh. (selected by Murray Bell). The Racing Post team has launched the 2004-05 racing season with an insiders look at some of the horses most likely to succeed in the early part of the new term. These are the horse that have ability, look to be training well and - most significantly - are READY TO WIN! Chief racing writer Alan Aitken and trackman-tipster Clint Hutchison and myself have been joined by the Jockey Club's popular English-language commentator Mark Richards to provide you with a team of horses that you can profitably follow in the new term. We have started off as a stable of 12, with three horses consigned by each 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. The guidelines are that 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, there will be a new horse added, but if they aren't READY TO WIN, they don't get a start. BALANCE OF STABLE: 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. He really looked the part finishing second in a barrier trial over 1,050 metres on the all-weather track on Tuesday, under the guidance of Douglas Whyte. Trainer David Hayes is talking about this being his International Sprint horse in December, so he should be competitive in anything he tackles on the way through. (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. SHARKI (D267, Tony Millard): Two-time winner in his griffin season. ADD THE FUN (D308, Francis Lui): Trialled very attractively at Sha Tin two weeks ago and was a stylish winner of on debut last term. WIN FOR ALL, (D002, David Hall): Formerly with Ivan Allan but now doing nicely with David Hall.