A DOUBLE at Happy Valley on Wednesday night following Astonish's winning debut last weekend confirmed the Lawrie Fownes team is back in top form after a spell in the doldrums. When they are in form the Fownes horses are worth following very closely indeed and yesterday his improving young stayer, Cricket Lord, impressed in his work from the barriers with stablemate Blazing Blade. Cricket Lord was not asked to run time by Fownes' former apprentice Jackie C.K. Tse but it was hard not to be taken by the manner of his work. He appears to have progressed since his last-gasp Happy Valley defeat of Hankow Star. Ivan Allan asked a couple of his to work strongly yesterday morning, most notably Active King and Stellar Express. First impression was that Active King was unlucky in running at Happy Valley last time when just failing to hold the late run of Super Structure and Bayview Boy. But a close scrutiny of the video replay suggests he had every chance and just could not pick up. Nevertheless he ran a good third, certainly good enough to point to a future success. Yesterday he put two very solid quarters together for an 800-metre workout in a fast 47.2. Stellar Express won well enough at Sha Tin last time and the form has been franked by runner-up Mr Nice Guy's subsequent equitrack win. Yesterday Stellar Express looked on good terms with himself as he came home with stablemates, Fast Forward and Casablanca. There seems to be plenty of improvement left in Stellar Express.