BUMPED into my old friend Racing Editor, Lawrence Wadey, at the track yesterday morning and it seems a case of Chinese and Western minds thinking alike at tonight's Happy Valley meeting. My best bet is, once again, to be found in the night's final event and is in the shape of Brian Kan Ping-chee's Patu. Wadey laughed when I told him I thought this is a potential Class Two horse racing in a Classes Three and Four event as he said he held exactly the same view. Well, we're both going to look good judges or a pair of mugs after this evening's proceedings. But then that is racing. You're only as good as your last set of tips. I've been watching Patu very closely since he first arrived from New Zealand to join the Bruce Hutchison yard. He has always impressed me as a decent type and I find it interesting that I go to trackwork most mornings and sit with the local boys and Wadeysits elsewhere with a few of the Aussie guys and yet, despite having vastly different approaches, we often come up with the same horses. Patu is a stayer. Of that I'm pretty sure. He looks it in his work and he looked it in his races last season. This year he impressed me in his work going into his belated reappearance when given a run over 1,200 metres which is too short for him. He's tightened up in condition quite a bit since then with plenty of long steady work which should have him fit and not trouble his legs which caused him to miss much of the latter part of last season. Indeed, go and check him over in the paddock beforehand and you should see a horse with a real gleam on his coat. This is so often the case with Kan-trained horses. Whatever you say about Kan, he does consistently turn his horses out in superb condition.