Rocket Force made a terrific impression last season, despite being winless in three starts, and there will be no more deserving victor should he come up trumps in the Chun Sek Handicap (1,600m) at Sha Tin. The Pyrus gelding arrived from New Zealand with a win and two placings from three starts, and was responsible for a very good effort at his local debut on April 25 behind China Win after being stopped in his tracks at a crucial stage of the race. He was given time to get over that performance and lined up 42 days later over this track and trip to show great fight to finish second to promising Ichiban, despite being caught three wide on a limb for a large portion of the race. At his next outing, two weeks later, the Ricky Yiu Poon-fie-trained gelding was heavily supported in betting and punters were unlucky not to collect as Rocket Force met with severe interference in the straight before closing off well to finish fourth to Triumphant Diamond. He was later promoted to third in the stewards' room after his rider protested against the second-placed Ankh Morpork, who went on to strengthen the form at his next start with a dominant win. Rocket Force was tuned up for his return with a satisfactory effort to finish fifth in a September 2 trial behind Super Fantasy, and the four-year-old has progressed well since that assignment. He should end up with a lovely run on the back of the speed and give popular jockey Weichong Marwing his first success of his current stint. His main danger will come from Real Special, even though the four-year-old is likely to make a name for himself in longer races. The John Size-trained gelding showed great promise last season in winning three races, and the early indications are that he has continued to improve with his break. The Van Nistelrooy gelding stepped out at the Sha Tin trials on September 16 and showed surprising speed to be with the leaders before staying on smartly without pressure to be narrowly beaten by capable Walkonthewildside. He has previously raced twice at this trip for a win and a second, should camp in a prominent position from gate four, and will likely look the winner at some stage in the straight. Regardless of his finishing position, he does look a stayer of considerable promise. Special Dragon is another that appears to be going places, and will likely give a great sight with an advantage at the weights over his main dangers. The Zabeel gelding has been slow to mature, but all his runs have had merit, and he should get the run of the race from an inside alley. Bouncer is heading to better races, but has to shoulder 133 pounds from a wide alley, while Supernova faces his toughest test with a rise to Class Three for the first time and is also drawn awkwardly. The horse that has the ability to spice up the exotic bets is Dashing Thunder from a good draw. The eight-year-old had excuses from a wide barrier first-up from a spell, and it's significant that he was a second-up winner over this course and distance last season.