The trainer of the world's 'new best turf sprinter' Absolute Champion, David Hall, celebrated a great week with a double and the continued climb up the rankings of another stable star in Hawkes Bay. Hall's season has kicked into top gear lately and Absolute Champion's hollow Hong Kong Sprint win saw him officially acknowledged at the top of the world's sprint rankings for 2006 this week with a new international rating of 121. Yesterday it was a drop in grade for the old firm of Hall and jockey Brett Prebble, but the result was the same as the trainer provided half of Prebble's swag of wins for the day in Prime Score and Hawkes Bay. Hawkes Bay took himself into triple-figure rating territory with his 1,800m victory but might be headed for shorter rather than longer events in the near future. 'I was a bit shellshocked when he didn't win the other day but I think we're pretty much all agreed now that he needs to be running at the pace rather than being it,' Hall said after Hawkes Bay came from midfield to make it three wins from nine starts in the Cumberland Handicap. A race like the Group One Stewards' Cup next month might be a bit soon for Hawkes Bay at this stage of his career but Prebble forecast that the day will come when the top grade races don't look too far away. 'One day he'll get into a mile with the right tempo and he'll look like a superstar,' Prebble said. 'At the moment, he hits the front and thinks the race is over - that's what happened last time when he was beaten by the horse right out on the outside rail. Hawkes Bay hit the front, was waiting like he always does and didn't see Agility. I wanted to ride him back further today to get him chasing instead of being there too soon. 'In the past, riding him back was a bit of a problem because he wasn't that good in among horses but since David changed a few things around and put the cross-over noseband on him, he's been a lot better and we've got more options. Still, I think he's six months away from being what he can be,' the jockey added. Hall's first winner, Prime Score, revived memories for the trainer of his great Melbourne Cup-winning mare Makybe Diva, as Prime Score had previously been owned in the same interests. 'Yes, nice to be able to buy one of Tony Santic's horses and win with him here and I thought he had a chance in today's race on his form back in Melbourne,' Hall said. 'The problem with him is that he's just a big, dumb lazy horse who never really impresses in his work and you had to trust his Australian form and trust that he could reproduce it here. 'He'd had the blinkers on in Melbourne when he won so when he hadn't done that much here in his first two starts, I thought we'd better go the same path and throw the blinkers on him. It's done the trick. 'The owner [David Choy Tak-wai] was good enough to give me a chance with Grand Zulu in my first season and unfortunately it just didn't work out with that horse, but I'm thrilled to be able to win one for him today with this horse,' the trainer added.