JOINT champion trainer David Hill won't be in the least surprised if his much improved Irish import Fortune Leader makes it two wins in succession and captures the Group Three, $1.35 million Sha Tin Trophy today. And Fortune Leader, who obliged on opening day at odds of 13-1, is likely to be well-priced today, despite his excellent first-up win. ''I thought he would run a great race on the first day and I was not surprised at all to hear that he had won it. I was in Keeneland so I had to wait for a few days until I actually saw a tape of the race. ''He won it very well indeed and he certainly hasn't gone back since that win. I could see him doing it again here and he's the sort of horse that could get under people's guard.'' Fortune Leader has soared right up the ratings and he's now in the top echelon of local horses - although most observers will still strongly feel that his best trip is well in excess of today's 1,600 metres. There is a well established and reputable racing theory that stayers will go well fresh over a distance that is essentially short of their optimum trip. That was the view held when Fortune Leader won first-up - with the fast pace set in that race also a major help. But the authority of that win over today's trip suggests that this now well matured Irish galloper has the zip and zest necessary to perform over a mile and he can be involved in the finish of this quality event. All eyes are likely to be on the star of the Geoff Lane stable, Dashing, who steps up to 1,600 metres after being beaten when attempting to make all over 1,200 metres at his first start. He was beaten on that occasion by Mount Hansen who came from last on the turn to scythe down the favourite close home. Lane said: ''I thought it was a very good run first-up and you could not be disappointed by it at all. He will come on a lot from that.'' Dashing has also drawn against the rails which gives rider Dean McKeown every possible chance to get him out and breezing along. There was an obvious freshness to Dashing last time but with the run under his belt he should now be ready to really show what he can do over this trip. He has to be a top chance. Former Brian Kan Ping-chee apprentice Jimmy K. H. Ting is back on board Right Way but has drawn out in barrier 11. The now senior rider has a great understanding with this Irish galloper but he will have to get him over smartly from that draw. It raises the interesting possibility of both Right Way and Dashing being right to the fore in the early and middle stages which could set the first major race of the season up for something coming from behind - like Fortune Leader. Innovation has always been a great campaigner for the Lawrie Fownes stable but he has fared badly at the draw (13) and his best form is over 1,400 metres. But he is honest and with that dash of brilliance that sorts out top horses from good ones. And with none riding better than Darren Gauci, it may well be that Innovation is angled over to get into a good position. If he is, then Innovation could deliver a worthwhile challenge off his reasonable weight of 124lb. Motivation heads the weights along with trainer Ivan Allan's Wonderful World, who will have the services of claimer Stanley K. M. Chin. Argentinian-bred Motivation has been a huge success in Hong Kong and beat home River Verdon in April's International Cup although there are reasons to believe that the champion had his problems that day. But it does not detract from the overall value of Motivation's efforts, both in the Cup and many other local races. It is also worth noting that he goes well fresh and won on the first day of last season. It's a lot of weight, however, and more particularly as he is giving pounds away to some handy performers - but this one's good. It would pay to keep him safe. On their overall respective form, you would have to back Motivation to beat home Wonderful World wherever they finish. An outside chance could be accorded to Patrick Biancone's Noble Dancer who has been working well. It's an interesting ride for Canadian Dave Penna who is at last getting on some quality horses, thanks to his unexpected link-up with the French trainer who has stable rider Eric Legrix sitting on the sidelines for the next three meetings. Also worthy of consideration for the tierce is the Derek Cruz-trained Wind Dancer, who is really coming to himself. This is a likely improver, even in this exalted company, and he could easily give a sight here.