Talented Strong Gain earned his ticket back to the races with a no-nonsense display to take the opening all-weather track trial at Sha Tin on Tuesday. The John Moore-trained galloper was ordered back to the trials by stewards after taking charge of Felix Coetzee in a race on the AWT, in which he started favourite, on December 2 and heading to the outside fence at the turn out of the straight. The Testa Rossa gelding gave Coetzee no chance in the matter, locking his jaw and charging to the outside rail as the field made the right-hand bend at the 1,400m. Moore handed the responsibility over to Brazilian rider Manoel Nunes this time and the four-year-old made no mistake at all. He crossed from barrier 10, raced in second place on the outside of Silly Boy and then showed his ascendancy in the final stages. Ultimately, Strong Gain claimed Silly Boy by a half length and Nunes barely moved a muscle to get the result. Significantly, Strong Gain went absolutely straight and made the turn out of the straight without a problem. Silly Boy, who won a Class Five by eight lengths on the AWT last season, showed a return to form with Coetzee in the saddle. The seven-year-old has been well beaten in two runs this season but this was a much better piece of work and he may not be far off cracking it for a second win, particularly when he takes the drop back to the bottom grade (current rating 44). The significant part of this trial was the huge margin - eight lengths - that Strong Gain and Silly Boy pulled off their rivals, headed by Speeding Molly (Thomas Yeung Kai-tong) and California Luck (Marco Chui Kwan-lai). Veteran Figures gave an indication that there may be another win left in him with a battling effort to land the fourth trial over 1,000m down the straight track on turf. Figures was prepared by now-retired David Oughton, but transferred to the yard of Almond Lee Yee-tat at the end of Oughton's tenure in late November. On this occasion, Figures was ridden by Alex Lai Hoi-wing and settled in second place, with the Tony Millard-trained Top Stitch making play up front. Lai put Figures under pressure for the final 300m but the New Zealand-bred gelding responded well and picked up Top Stitch in the final 50m before scoring by a neck in the time of 57.9 seconds - the best of the morning. Top Stitch has always been something of a weak reed but under the guidance of Coetzee here, the chestnut did well enough and was not pushed right out by the top South African horseman. Elegant Win, who grabbed headlines in another trial earlier this season, again trialled nicely for trainer Paul O'Sullivan in finishing fourth, while Brett Prebble had a nice hold of South China Elite close up in fifth place. One of the surprises of the morning was the ease with which the David Ferraris-trained Modesty won the fifth trial over 1,000m, leading for almost the entire journey to score by 11/4 lengths under Chui. Chui took the opportunity to have a few glances around in the final 300m and was able to give Modesty a very soft time of things in the run to the line, scoring from Treasurable (Brett Prebble) and Fast Winner (Olivier Doleuze).