THE NEW BLOOD It was only a barrier trial and great trainers generally aren't remembered for winning them. But the soft victory of Century Super Star in the grass trials at Sha Tin last weekend may have been a portent of things to come from Andreas Schutz. The affable German is Hong Kong's newest expatriate trainer and just being selected says much about what he has already achieved, with his name now joining the likes of John Size, David Ferraris, Paul O'Sullivan and David Hall. Being invited to Hong Kong did not happen by accident. It was the result of some far-sighted planning from the man known in his homeland as 'the classic trainer'. 'One of the purposes for devoting so much time to racing internationally in recent years was to hopefully attract the attention of a place like Hong Kong,' Schutz said. 'After Epalo was crowned World Series champion , I thought I might be in with a good chance, so I contacted the Jockey Club and expressed my interest in training here. I then made a formal application and I was absolutely delighted to learn I had been successful.' Schutz, 37, is a fourth-generation racehorse trainer and has emulated his father and grandfather by becoming German's champion trainer, a feat he has now achieved four times. The media tag 'the classic trainer' was earned because of his absolute dominance in the set-weights races for three-year-olds - the classics. 'One of the things I am most proud of is having won the German Derby five times in the seven years I have been training, and on two occasions my horses ran 1-2-3 - that had only happened twice before in more than 200 years of Derby history,' Schutz said. Schutz and wife Elke quickly won over the local media when they met them last November and his work ethic has been apparent at trackwork in the mornings. 'Stable Schutz' was open for business immediately after the last meeting on July 2 and, as any trainer will tell you, the recruitment campaign can never be allowed to falter. But it is not easy and even a peerless set of credentials like Schutz's offers no guarantee of immediate acceptance. Only 15 horses have so far earned their oats beneath the Schutz shingle and, if it is any consolation, Size was in almost the same predicament at this stage in his first season in 2000. 'It's now about doing the best I can with the horses I've been given,' an upbeat Schutz said. 'With Century Super Star, for example, the thing I've been working on is trying to get his mind right, to make him a happier horse. We've been trying a number of different things, moving him from one box to another, experimenting to see what will make him more satisfied and contented.' Century Super Star was handled in his trial by Frenchman Olivier Doleuze, who also rode two other trialists for Schutz on the night and who will have first choice of rides from the yard. Although the Last Tycoon gelding scored, the pleasing aspect was that he was untouched by Doleuze. The previous morning on the all-weather track, Ball Of Fire ran an encouraging third in a trial over 1,200 metres at his first public appearance since leaving the stable of Andy Leung Ting-wah. On a handicap mark of just 34, he can definitely win at Class Five level. The best horse in the yard is probably Sydney Owner, who races in the colours of 'lucky' Leung Kai-fai. She had two starts at the back end of the season for David Hall, but is a filly who had serious Group form in Sydney 12 months ago. The thing that strikes you most about Schutz is his sense of the team ethic. 'I want to be personally available to every owner,' he says. 'I believe only a good team, and that includes the owners, can be successful.'