Hard luck story for our recruit Five Grains No-one in racing likes hard luck stories but that was all we had last weekend when our recent stable recruit Five Grains finished third to British import Leilati and probably should have won. Jockey Michael Rodd had no luck getting across from barrier 10 and was stranded wide without cover. Once Five Grains started to over race, Rodd had little choice but to allow him to roll forward and the chestnut still had the audacity to be in front at the 200 metres. Inevitably, the effort had to take its toll, but Five Grains still did a great job to finish third, only a half length from the winner. Five Grains was backed down late, from 15-1 to 12-1, and it would have given Ready To Win followers a superb collect if he'd been able to arrive. Sadly, all we were able to come up with was a decent place dividend ($49) and a hard-luck story. New stable recruit Lucky Guys raced well in the fifth event for third to upset winner Solar, who improved beyond all expectations when having his first run for Almond Lee. Lucky Guys, as we pointed out last week, is bred on the same cross as last year's AJC Australian Derby winner Starcraft, by the Nureyev stallion Soviet Star from a daughter of the versatile Pompeii Court. He's going to keep getting better and can be followed with confidence. We had a couple of other runners over the past week, too. Gold Striker was well backed in the last race at Sha Tin on Wednesday night but he too had little luck from his barrier. The track was running a shade on the yielding side, as well, and the New Zealand-bred gelding should not be judged too harshly for this defeat. Great Idea, however, dropped into Class Four and was disappointing earlier on the same programme, finishing seventh behind Lucky Danske. It's hard to make too many excuses for him and he simply hasn't measured up to the potential we believed him to possess. The best option for Great Idea is an early cull. Thousand Wins, the unluckiest horse in Hong Kong, went around on the all-weather track and showed us another thing he does not like. We'd better persist with him, in this grade, because he's becoming better rated all the time and must surely get some luck eventually. You'll be pleased to know the pain associated with our devotion to Amazing One has come to a merciful end. The Canny Lad gelding had a bleeding attack on Wednesday night, in a C3 race on the all-weather track, and now faces compulsory suspension for three months. His term of banishment from the stable will be considerably longer. Stable additions: AMPLE GAINS (3c, Danehill - Tamarino, by Caerleon, trainer, Manfred Man Ka-leung): This fellow was a huge tip last week but the weight of expectations must have been more onerous than his 116 pound impost because he was comfortably beaten in the final race by Nilometer. However, this was only the second start for Ample Gains, who made such a good impression with a debut win on December 26. According to our figures, Ample Gains' performance in defeat was just as good as his first-up win and that can only be translated one way - there's more to come. HAIL THE STORM (3g, Metal Storm - Sound Willie, by Sound Reason; trainer, Caspar Fownes): He was backed as if there was no settling at Sha Tin on Wednesday and although he didn't win, there was plenty of merit in the performance. The three-year-old hails from West Australia, where he raced four times for three wins and an unlucky second. After two runs in Hong Kong, he's defininitely Ready To Win. Full stable: Ample Gains, Captain Happy, Five Grains, Grand Zulu, Gold Striker, Hail The Storm, Lightning Star, Lucky Guys, Thousand Wins, Wealthy, Yellow Diamond, Zabebe. This week's runner: Ample Gains (race 10).