Sean Woods has had a slow beginning to the new term, with First Knight his initial runner for the day at Sha Tin this afternoon, but the sparkling barrier trial victory of Clear Win on Tuesday should be cause for some optimism in the yard. Clear Win is a four-year-old by the champion Australian sire, Redoute's Choice, and made a big impression on his debut three months ago with a second to the Tony Cruz-trained Cosmo Successor. Clear Win, handled by Danny Nikolic, took a forward position in that straight 1,000 metres race and looked the likely winner inside the 200m, but didn't have an answer when Cosmo Successor issued a late challenge, going down by a neck. However, this was a high rating race, some two lengths better than average for the class and strongly suggested that Clear Win would have little trouble breaking his maiden status in the immediate future. That assumption was given powerful support on Tuesday when Clean Win won his comeback trial on the all-weather track. With Olivier Doleuze taking over from Nikolic, who has returned to Australia, Clear Win missed the start by a length but drove through to take up the lead before the 600m peg. Although Doleuze rode Clear Win firmly right to the line, instead of giving him an easy time, sometimes this is exactly what's required from a fitness point of view and the colt's condition should have advanced significantly with that hard trial under his belt. Runner-up was King Hesperus, sporting the familiar oranges and dark-blue diamond silks of Stock Exchange chairman and Jockey Club steward Ronald Arculli. King Hesperus has been a battler for the past couple of seasons but did reward his patient owner with a win on the all-weather track at a Sha Tin night meeting last term. The six-year-old's overall record stands at one win and two seconds from 24 starts. Among recent triallists engaged at Sha Tin today, the Caspar Fownes-trained Ocean Tranquil (race six) commands some interest. Ocean Tranquil, who will be handled by Glen Boss, trialled over 1,200m on the all-weather track at Sha Tin last Friday and came home attractively for third to all-the-way winner Global Win. Boss also handled Ocean Tranquil in the trial and balanced the chestnut back in the field, with cover. Boss took the gelding to the outside on straightening and Fownes would have been pleased with the finishing speed he showed. Although beaten 31/2 lengths by Global Win and 21/4 lengths by the classy Towering Feeling, the winning time and the spread of margins suggest this was sound form and should stand up to the test of time. Today, Ocean Tranquil is engaged in the Chaozhou Handicap for Class Three horses at 1,200m. He has drawn barrier five in a field of 14.