It's been a long journey back for top-class Ain't Here, who brilliantly won the Group Two Hong Kong Cup Trial just over two years ago. But it looks as though trainer David Hall may have pulled off the miracle, judging by the bay gelding's authoritative trial win at Sha Tin yesterday. Ain't Here was placed in the Hong Kong Derby, behind Lucky Owners and Tiber, as a four-year-old and was aimed at the Hong Kong Cup later that year. All plans looked to be on course when he massacred his rivals in the Cup Trial, but he had terrible luck in the 'grand final' and didn't get a fair crack at all, with honours going to Irish filly Alexander Goldrun. Hall said yesterday Ain't Here suffered a debilitating injury, having pulled the suspensory ligament away from the sesamoid bone on one front fetlock joint, and taking a piece of sesamoid bone away at the same time. 'As injuries go, it was certainly at the serious end of the scale, so that's why he's needed so much time off to heal,' Hall said. 'We thought we had him going quite well during the summer, and he came back to trial well on September 2, but since then he's had some issues with his feet - firstly one front foot and then a back one. They had absolutely nothing to do with his original injury, but they all take time to get over.' Yesterday, jockey Robbie Fradd allowed Ain't Here to go at his own pace in the early stages of the trial and, against moderate opposition, that meant he was too classy from the word go. Although he has never led in his races, Ain't Here slid across the field to take up the running and cleared out for a most impressive six length win. Caga Boy, from the Francis Lui Kin-wai yard, followed Ain't Here throughout and kept on well for second with Clean Sweep getting home nicely for third, a further four lengths away. Bowman's Crossing, another veteran who holds a ticket to the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile next Sunday, charged home late for fourth, a neck behind Clean Sweep, in a performance that will undoubtedly have pleased trainer Caspar Fownes because it was a sharp improvement. Hall said that Ain't Here, who is still on a Jockey Club rating of 118 despite his long absence, is not being set for any race in particular. 'In his comeback the other day [Hong Kong Sprint Trial, November 19], he virtually fell out of the barriers and wasn't competitive,' Hall said. 'So I thought we probably needed to go back to the trials and see that he was a bit sharper before he raced again. 'With a horse like him who's been away so long, you can't really set them for any particular race. All I can do is concentrate on getting him right again, or as right as I can get him, and see where that takes us.' In the second trial, Lucky Danske turned around some dreadful recent form to lead all the way under the handling of Howard Cheng Yue-tin. Cheng bounced Lucky Danske from the stalls and allowed the New Zealand-bred gelding to lead in the two-wide position, and came back on the reins just enough to make Lucky Danske think he was having an easy time. From there, this member of the Michael Chang Chun-wai team merely floated along and Cheng never really got serious in the run home, still having a length to spare in the final stages over the Sean Woods-trained Well Noted (Gerald Mosse).