Hawkes Bay showed he is right on target for the Class One handicap over a mile on the final day (July 1) with an impressive piece of work in Friday morning's barrier trials at Sha Tin. Hawkes Bay, handled by Brett Prebble, never seemed to come off the bridle in scoring by a neck from Class Three performer Ferro Beau in the opening trial at 1,200 metres, running the best time of the morning at 1:10.8. The former British racer began from the outside stall in a field of nine and worked his way across, nicely on the bit all the way for Prebble. He ultimately tucked in behind Ferro Beau (Jacky Tong Chi-kit), who was leading by a neck on the outside of Whatabob. After turning for home, Prebble eased Hawkes Bay around Ferro Beau's heels and the David Hall-trained galloper lengthened with enthusiasm, but was never allowed to show what he has. It was just a teaser, his energy remaining safely within and the real Hawkes Bay will be held back until Tuesday week. Ferro Beau was responsible for a good piece of work because after Hawkes Bay claimed him at the 200m, he kept at his task valiantly. The only other performance from the trial that caught the eye in any way was that of Lotzatow, who worked home from last place on the home turn to finish sixth under Alex Lai Hoi-wing. Sir Ernesto, a winner in Premier grade just over a year ago and a commendable fourth to Viva Pataca in the 2007 Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup, came away to win the second trial at his first public appearance since leaving the Derek Cruz yard. Sir Ernesto was moved to Caspar Fownes late in May and had nine days away from the track as a consequence. Before this trial, he'd only had one piece of evens (ie, 400m in 30 secs) so he is likely to derive significant benefit from the outing. Fownes will have been pleased to see Sir Ernesto's action looking smooth and sound, and he flattened out nicely in the final 200m, breaking 11.8 seconds in the process. The performance of runner-up Merry Way was notable. This three-year-old, a son of the Storm Cat stallion Van Nistelrooy, is prepared by Paul O'Sullivan and is yet to race in Hong Kong. The youngster arrived with a good reputation and a healthy rating of 71, being unbeaten in two starts in New Zealand at Matamata and Hastings. His former registered name was Lodovico. Merry Way was either leader or joint leader throughout, and although the higher-rated Sir Ernesto was clearly too good for him in the run home, that's scarcely a disgrace considering he has 33 pounds on Merry Way at their current Jockey Club domestic ratings.