IMPROVING Ming River looks an interesting banker for the second leg of the Double Trio at Sha Tin tomorrow - and should provide value in the exotic bet. Ming River only had two runs as an immature griffin and showed some ability when finishing nine lengths adrift of Explorer at the second of those juvenile starts. He's by Be My Native, sire of champion River Verdon, so local trackwatchers have invariably kept an eye open for the Derek Cruz-trained galloper and there can be no doubt that he is progressing. And Ming River understandably pleased his trainer with an excellent last-start third over 1,400 metres to Magic Joy, a run that simply underlined the gelding has enough ability to win in Class Four. Ming River strikes a field that is not overly competitive and, at this stage of his racing development, the 1,600 metres looks ideal. Although the draw is not crucial at this trip at Sha Tin, it is better to be drawn closer to the rails and Gary Carter will be getting this fellow away from barrier five which looks ideal. Ming River can make the first three here which is sufficient for DT purposes. Carter's compatriot, Dean McKeown, has found life more pleasant recently and Cruise Missile looks another chance for the Geoff Lane-retained rider. He should be included in DT selections although McKeown will have to ease him across from his outside barrier (11). The enigmatic Highland Laddie has proved a costly proposition since his griffin days when he looked destined for a bright future. He has been tried over a variety of distances but has simply disappointed on more occasions than he has brought smiles to the faces of connections. But he did put his best hoof forward last time and his second placing possibly indicated better things to come. Mick Kinane rides and on that last run it may pay to keep the David Oughton galloper safe. The first leg of the DT is the featured Chinese Club Challenge Cup, a domestic Group Three event which sees topweight Fastabob attempt to defy a weight impost of 141 lbs. He may find it hard to win but the International Bowl contender should finish in the first three, again despite a seemingly bad barrier draw at this 1,200-metre start. He has drawn 11 of 14 but, strangely enough, statistics show that this is not the coffin box most people would suppose. Fastabob ran fairly in the International Bowl and he looks to have a distinct edge over most of this field. Fallen idol Dashing ran much better last time and he is very advantageously drawn in barrier three which suggests that he will be prominent in the run. Super Fit will rightly have his admirers and it might be worth considering the Ivan Allan-trained All Thrills.