Japanese sprinter Meisho Bowler has bags of speed but he has also showed an uncommon level of toughness this week, never better illustrated than by his electrifying breeze on the all-weather track yesterday. Meisho Bowler galloped a decent 400 metres on Tuesday and Wednesday, clocking 24.3 and 23.1 seconds respectively. And, by Hong Kong standards, one might have thought that would be it for the powerful black horse, who chased home Takeover Target in the Group One Sprinters' Stakes at Nakayama on October 1. But not so. Yesterday, Meisho Bowler took to the turf track and blazed down 400 metres even faster, this time clocking 21.3 seconds, with the Jockey Club-employed Turf Timers organisation making it fractionally quicker at 21.0. Race rider Yuichi Fukunaga didn't handle him in the gallop but was suitably impressed by what he saw. 'He is sometimes reluctant to work, but he wasn't like that this morning,' Fukunaga said. 'Everything is set for Sunday and he really is in good form. He is very consistent. I know for Japanese runners this is the most difficult race to win, but it suits us now that the race is over 1,200 metres around a bend. We have a big chance.' Another Japanese runner, Admire Moon, also gave the stopwatches a workout. He moved off from the 1,200m and clocked 1:03.6 for the final 1,000m, the penultimate 200m in 22.8 and the final 200 metres (pushed out) in a blistering 10.67 seconds. Trainer Hiroyoshi Matsuda described his charge as being 'really relaxed and in good form'. 'He did not gallop full speed today, but he liked the dirt track. He will be out on the turf course [tomorrow] to set him for the race. I think the turf course will suit him. The draw in four is also good. He is ready for the race.' In contrast, one horse that won't be galloping is Satwa Queen, with the French filly looking very light in condition. 'She took a little time to get over her trip back from the Breeders' Cup and lost a bit of weight and was very flat for a week or so,' said trainer Jean de Roualle. 'But then she started to pick up again very quickly, and when we got the invitation to Hong Kong I was able to start training her again. She's fairly easy to keep fit. She had her last piece of work before she shipped and will just canter between now and the race on the all weather - she doesn't need a turf gallop.'