Promising Hello Pretty put himself on the Hong Kong Derby trail after winning his second race for the season at Sha Tin on Sunday but there were several unlucky runners in his wake and the event should turn out to be a very good form reference. While Hello Pretty has a way to go before being a real Derby contender, the Distorted Humour gelding is proving it to be a genuine goal with his rate of improvement quite impressive. He didn't have the race pan out on Sunday, being three wide the entire trip, but he maintained his gallop right to the line and will only get better when trainer Francis Lui Kin-wai gets him over a bit more ground. Whether he has the class to win the Derby remains to be seen but he will add to his winning record in the coming months without doubt. Viva Pataca will no doubt follow the same path after his impressive debut performance to finish third under Seb Sanders. The John Moore-trained gelding blew the start before eventually settling back in the field, three wide with cover. He took runs in between the field once in the home straight, closed off smartly to beaten a length and he will derive great benefit from the outing. He has already proven himself to be a horse of some class by winning five of his seven starts in Britain and he will relish getting up in distance. While Fashion Jewellery won't reach such great heights, mark down the John Size-trained gelding as a coming winner. The five-year-old settled in the box seat but didn't get clear galloping room in the straight and went to the line unextended in seventh place. He has now had three runs back from a spell and will create plenty of interest when he steps up to 1,800 metres for the first time at Sha Tin on Saturday. Stablemate Liberal's Knight also encountered traffic problems in the straight and, while it didn't cost him victory, he certainly should have finished closer. The Desert Prince four-year-old will make amends soon and little doubt he will be a better horse when he gets over more ground. The Sean Woods-trained Best Luck was back in ninth place but he was also out of luck early in the home straight and it was a performance that indicated he will bounce back to his best soon. One of the best losing performances at the Sunday meeting came from the promising Jiang Jun and expect the four-year-old to bounce back to winning form soon. The Dennis Yip Chor-hong-trained gelding was leaning on the side of the stalls when the gates opened, missed the start and settled well back. Jiang Jun was a bit awkward getting around the home bend but once into his full stride finished brilliantly to run third to the honest Gold Medal Winner. Yip has done a good job with the wayward gelding but with each experience he is getting better and looks to have the making of a smart horse.