ASTONISH can continue the fairytale start to his Hong Kong career by taking today's feature Centenary Vase, the sixth event at Sha Tin. Astonish won the Triple Crown in India and was one of their best stayers for decades. He certainly looked a class recruit to the local staying ranks when making a winning debut over 2,000 metres, galloping on strongly under Alan Munro for a game defeat of the improving Icy Bet. It is hard not to think that Astonish is not going to find significant improvement for that effort. He had run only once in about 10 months prior to that win and should be a fair bit fitter for the outing. Also, the move up in distance to today's 2,200-metre trip will help. Probably his best Indian win came when he took their St Leger, run over 2,800 metres, by a distance. On that form he is going to have no trouble at all dealing with this afternoon's 2,200 metres and may not show his full potential until racing over the maximum 2,450 metres. Since his win he appears to have been showing a lot better attitude at the track. Jockey Darren Gauci reports that he is more relaxed and looks to have tightened up in condition. The main dangers could well come from David Hill's Fortune Leader and Peter Ng Bik-kuen's Grey Linnet. Fortune Leader is now ready for the step up in distance after some top runs around a mile. He goes well for Mick Kinane and is actually well handicapped, despite the 140 pounds. This is because those on 116 pounds should all be set to carry less but can't because 116 pounds is the minimum. Grey Linnet found 1,900 metres too short last time and a line through Fortune Duke makes him a threat to Astonish.