PETER Ng Bik-kuen set himself a hard act to follow after last season's prolific campaign during which he amassed 30 winners to finish as the second top local handler. But he has continued in the same vein of form this time round and has already sent out 14 winners with the promise of plenty more to come - especially on the evidence of yesterday's solitary trial on the Sha Tin all-weather surface. Yesterday's single barrier trial saw a decisive win from Ng's Golden Emperor, with stablemates Arman's Sax in third and Oriental Power in fifth. They all looked to go well and should be winning their races this season. Golden Emperor won his way to Class One last season with two victories round the Happy Valley mile from just six starts. Both those wins came with Tony Cruz in the saddle but yesterday it was top young apprentice Francis K. S. Lam aboard as Golden Emperor came from third on the turn to win going away from the Derek Cruz-trained long-time leader Longain. Golden Emperor has only raced once so far this season, making a belated reappearance on New Year's Day over an inadequate 1,200 metres in the race won by stablemate Namjong from Fortune Basin at Sha Tin. It was actually a run full of promise, far better than the bare form - 11th of 14, beaten eight lengths - might suggest. He was trapped wide from barrier 13 for almost the entire way and was by no means knocked about when his chance had gone. Since then he has been noted putting in a solid piece of work on January 11 and yesterday went well to the line to win his trial. He may still need his next run but his trackwork suggests there should be a win in him over the coming weeks. Arman's Sax's debut run behind Astonish over 2,000 metres at Sha Tin led to a protracted stewards' inquiry into his running and riding. The English import ran ninth of 11 but in fairness to jockey Danny Lee, a close scrutiny of the video replay of the race shows that he was hanging markedly for much of the way. By the same token, it showed a welcome vigilance from the race-meeting stewards that they did have a look at the run. Since then Arman's Sax has been ridden in his trials by Walter Swinburn and has been fitted with all sorts of different gear to keep him straight such as a lugging bit and a cross nose band. They seemed to have worked the trick and Arman's Sax is now racing, in his trials at least, a lot truer. He had good staying form on the Continent when trained by John Dunlop in England and is now starting to come to himself. Oriental Power is an interesting first-season Irish import. He won first time out as a three-year-old in Ireland and has been impressing in his work and his trials since arriving in the territory. Yesterday he was given a fairly easy time of it in fifth, and is another who could be doing something around 2,000 metres. In work on the main track yesterday there were a couple of solid pieces from David Oughton's low grade stayers, Matinee Idol and Figure It Out. Matinee Idol found a mile on the equitrack far too short last time and did run too badly in the circumstances. Since then he has been going along very well with Thor Win and could get away with another distance event. The farther the better for him. That also applies to Figure It Out who didn't get going until the last 100 metres when beating Truly Easy in a Class Six 1,800-metre handicap at Sha Tin. He really needs farther than that and would probably get 2,450 metres and be better for it. But there just are not enough races for him. Oughton has kept him ticking over nicely since his win, the form of which is working out pretty well, and he looks more than capable of adding to that success - depending on the distance. David Hill's Beyond Control confirmed he has trained on well since his recent clear-cut Class Six win in a strong piece with Jonka and Green Maple yesterday. There was also a fluent piece from Lam Hung-fie's English import, Sun-Rise, while Patrick Biancone's Flirting Dancer appears to be on the way back. Trial result: 1, GOLDEN EMPEROR (K. S. Lam); 2, Longain (C. K. Chung); 3, Arman's Sax (W. Swinburn). Others (in finishing order): Easy Beat, Oriental Power, Natal, Blase, Keep Winning, Olympic Record, Winford, Deer Hunter. Time: 1.10.1 (24.5). Distance: 11/2 lengths, 1/2 length. Winner trained by Ng Bik-kuen.