BEYOND CONTROL can make a winning return to the fray on his belated seasonal reappearance in the seventh event at Sha Tin this afternoon. The four-year-old took a fair bit of time to come to himself last campaign before finishing the season with two good seconds, beaten just a head over today's 1,400-metre course and distance on both occasions. Those two second placings came in Class Five and his astute trainer David Hill has taken advantage of the voluntary demotion scheme to race Beyond Control against Class Six opponents this afternoon. There is obviously a bit of a worry on the score of fitness given that we are well into the fifth month of the season and this is Beyond Control's first start of the term. Indeed he has been off the course since finishing a head second to Lucky Gems at the beginning of last June. But his trackwork has been very good - as good if not better than he's ever gone. He has been noted showing far more speed in jump outs from the barriers at the top of the back straight. He has also done plenty of double rounds which is such a hallmark of Hill's successful and patient training regime. Beyond Control has also trialled well on two separate occasions in the last three weeks. He was hard to miss winning the first set of grass trials down the straight 1,000-metre track after the International Cup. He again caught the eye trialling well on Tuesday morning when he was just allowed to poodle along at his own pace in the final heat of the marathon session. So it is hard to see what more Hill could have done with Beyond Control to get him fit and it would have been hard to ask for a better response. Beyond Control's form from last back-end is also working out well as he had Captive Trick about a neck behind when he ran second to Lucky Gems, and Captive Trick has since come out and destroyed similar opposition to that which Beyond Control faces today. Others behind to have franked the form include Kevpal, Einhorn and See The King. Prior to that second to Lucky Gems, Beyond Control had forced Radiant Sun to pull out all the stops. This is probably his best effort from last season as Radiant Sun looks set to go on and do something in Class Four. The pair were also clear of their rivals that evening which is always a sign of good form. It could well pay to keep Today's Special safe in the quinellas with Beyond Control. Today's Special was made far too much use of over 1,800 metres behind Shanghai Triumph and Mr Nice Guy (winner since) last time out at Happy Valley and, not surprisingly, didn't see out the trip. But some of his best form has been over today's course and distance and his trackwork since has been most encouraging. Prior to that run over 1,800 metres, Today's Special had shown signs of an imminent return to form when running really well for a long, long way in the mile event won by Gladstonian at the Valley. This is much easier. Bruce Hutchison's improving New Pegasus could also pose a threat. He ran really well over a mile on the equitrack last time out in a race which was never going to suit. New Pegasus gets behind in the early stages and that is not the thing to do on the dirt. In the circumstances, with the track offering such a bias to leaders, New Pegasus performed really creditably to run home third, just over a length behind the well handicapped Blue Baron. Ivan Allan's Jharna should benefit from the step up in distance and take a considerable amount of beating in the opener. The second event could see Geoff Lane's improving but headstrong Laureate go well at fair odds. The mile should suit. E Treasure will be hard to keep out of the quinella in this race and Full Speed Ahead should also improve now that he is sent out over a mile.