There may have been a Premier race and a Class One elsewhere on the Sha Tin programme but the biggest impression made by any horse on yesterday's 10-event card created by New Zealand private purchase Danacourt. The Danasinga gelding, handled with supreme confidence by Douglas Whyte, showed a rare brand of acceleration at the top of the home stretch to claim the ascendancy in a heartbeat. It was a turn of foot that few horses possess, but those that do go all the way. It wasn't all plain sailing for the $28.50 favourite either. The chestnut was on the receiving end of a check in the early stages of the race, the backwash of some interference for which no single horses or rider was deemed responsible. 'I wasn't too excited about the race at that stage, I don't mind telling you, but thankfully it turned out all right,' trainer John Size said later. 'The horse has done a good job - we thought the 1,200 metres was a bit sharp for him the other day and that he'd appreciate stepping up in distance and that's how it turned out.' Danacourt posted the sensational time of 1:21.4 for the 1,400 metres, shaving 0.2 seconds off the class record previously held by Good Profit. It was also a mere 0.4 seconds outside the course record, established in Class One company just on 12 months ago by Planet Ruler. Despite the magnitude of the win, with the fast time and the impressive margin (23/4 lengths) from a quality runner-up in Sharki, both Size and Whyte were keeping their feet firmly on the ground. 'We thought he had excuses last start and he proved today those excuses were entirely valid,' Whyte said. 'He's done well. He didn't get too upset by the trouble early in the race and I must say I was very pleased with the way he quickened up when I asked the question.' While every Hong Kong owner with a promising four-year-old has the Derby dream in the back of their minds, Size was adamant there are 'no big-race plans' for Danacourt at this stage. 'He is still a bit excitable as you could see when he came back to the winner's circle,' Size explained. 'Because of that nervousness, he doesn't carry a lot of condition. So for the time being, there are definitely no big plans - we'll just take him one race at a time.'