Trial wins don't come any easier than the victory of Smart Champion, who embarrassed his rivals with a whopping nine length margin in the second of two heats on the all-weather track at Sha Tin on Friday. Smart Champion, ridden by Glyn Schofield, jogged on the outside of Perfect Score to the point of the home turn before taking over and clearing out. With the South African horseman riding him along gently, Smart Champion revelled in his task and posted the massive margin with ease. Importantly, the time was there to support the big margin. Smart Champion ran the 1,200 metres in 1:10.3, a full 1.2 seconds quicker than Miraculous had taken to win the opening heat. Smart Champion's final 400m split of 23.6 was also 1.8 seconds quicker than Miraculous's last-quarter split, and his final 200m sectional of 11.61 seconds was right up to the standard normally achieved by better-class sprinters. Unfortunately, Smart Champion has not been a straight forward horse. While he has enormous ability, he's also suffered some soundness issues that have given previous trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fie and current handler Gary Ng Ting-keung some headaches. But Ng seems to have the grey going better than ever. He's very settled, completely free in his action and ready to produce a result for his patient connections. On this evidence, it's possible Ng might even set him for a race on the all-weather track in the coming weeks. Behind Smart Champion it was not a pretty sight, with his eight rivals racking up some monstrous beaten margins. Leader Perfect Score, now with Paul O'Sullivan, was quickly given the go-by when Smart Champion attacked on the turn but jockey Chris Munce did not persist with him in the final 200m. The Class Five galloper simply loped to the line under his own steam, not fully extended, and the big margin was not a fair reflection on the relative merit of the performances. El Prado Star achieved his third placing (beaten 13.5 lengths) under punishment from Howard Cheng Yue-tin and cannot possibly be followed, but back behind them two horses having quiet trials were Lord Cairns and Hawkie Star. The opening heat did not look to be particularly instructive. Miraculous was joint leader on the rails for Cheng before taking up the running approaching the turn. However, Cheng had to keep him at it all the way down the running for him to extract a three-quarter length win over private purchase Conestoga. Perhaps the quick first 800m of a quick-fire 46.1 seconds took its toll, because the first four horses were all under pressure to run relatively slow time. Conestoga, from the Derek Cruz stable, applied himself bravely but was not impressive. He's created a more positive impression in previous trials on turf. Lancettier, now with the stable of Almond Lee Yee-tat, was under pressure at the 200m but not hurt by Olivier Doleuze in the final 100m, so he looked as impressive as any of them going to the line in third place, a length from the winner. Manifest, from the Caspar Fownes yard, enjoyed a nice run in fifth position but did very little when taken to the outside and presented with the opportunity to finish the trial off. Two horses who were given quiet trials, but seemed to go well, were Oscar Star (now with his fourth trainer in Tony Millard) and the John Size-trained Pearl of India. ONES TO FOLLOW: Smart Champion, Pearl of India.