Australian trainer David Hayes only expanded his hand for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin yesterday, despite filling minor roles behind The Duke in the Mile Trial and revealed there may be more aces to come. Hayes-trained Meridian Star (Douglas Whyte) went down by only a head to The Duke, with a nose to outstanding mare Elegant Fashion (Gerald Mosse) in third place and the trainer was thrilled with their efforts. 'The draw was everything to Elegant Fashion today,' Hayes said. 'Gerald rode a brilliant race - he could not have done better, but the wide draw ensured she had to give starts all around and the lack of speed didn't help her to finish over them as she would in a sharper tempo. But she's on target.' Elegant Fashion, fresh from her unsuccessful Cox Plate venture to Australia, followed The Duke in the race, but he left her standing at the 250-metre mark when he accelerated. The mare gathered herself up and found the line powerfully, but the post arrived two or three strides too early. Hayes said she would now go to the Hong Kong Cup (2,000m) as will in-form stablemate Ain't Here. 'She's as tough as nails. After all the travelling to Australia and back, she turned up today weighing exactly what she weighed when she ran in the 1,400m here first-up in September,' Hayes said. 'She was very fit today and probably can't improve that way but she is a better horse at 2,000m. As for Meridian Star, he's eight years old and not supposed to still be doing this but he's such a game horse and he's going to be supplemented for the Hong Kong Mile after that.' But Hayes may have another international runner still to come in his former British-trained four-year-old, Kalaman, which has yet to run in Hong Kong and will not start before the Hong Kong Mile if he is selected to run. 'He has a high enough international rating to be selected and if he was entered by an overseas trainer he would be selected,' said Hayes, recalling the same rationale had been applied to Roosevelt when he was selected for the HKIR last year with virtually no local form. I'm going to give Kalaman a strong workout before they announce the selections and if he pleases me then I'll be keen to get an invitation. Obviously if it looks like he is not in form in his work, I don't want to run him just for the sake of it. 'But he is a high quality horse and should be representing Hong Kong there. There is an option to run him at 1,400m next week, but I'd actually prefer to run first-up - horses do seem to run better fresh in these situations than after one run.' Away from the topliners, Hayes had a successful day, combining with Mosse to win with Tchaikovsky and Beautiful Sunday. 'Tchaikovsky is a nice horse, lovely horse,' Mosse said of the three-year-old. 'He will improve with time and he will appreciate further.' The youngster had been a costly failure up the straight on debut, but looked much happier freewheeling in the lead around a turn yesterday over 1,200m. 'He wasn't pressured and chasing today and just travelled so much better through the race,' Hayes said. 'I'm sure he will make his way up to the higher grades as he matures.'