While Sacred Kingdom was the unchallenged star of the morning, Regency Dragon turned in a stellar performance to take the opening trial yesterday, clocking sensational time for 1,050m on the all-weather track. With Howard Cheng Yue-tin taking over as a late replacement for Christophe Soumillon, Regency Dragon took the lead after 150m and then made the trial into a one-act affair, scoring softly by 31/2 lengths and stopping the clock at 1:00.94. The sectional times underscored the performance, with Regency Dragon clocking 33.8 seconds for his final 600m and maintaining the gallop right to the line, with the final 200m in 11.4 seconds. Earlier in the season, Regency Dragon featured in an all-the-way win over 1,400m at Sha Tin, shouldering topweight of 133 pounds at the head of Class Two. The six-year-old now owns a 104 rating, and the way he dominated this trial says clearly he can win another one before the season is out. Stablemate Syllabus, handled by 10-pound claimer Derek Leung Ka-chun, worked home nicely under riding to finish a respectful second. The last-start Gome Cup hero is now in a difficult position in the handicap (109 rating), and this trial - proving he will perform for a claimer - could prove a vital clue as trainer David Ferraris prepares to place him to optimum advantage and squeeze another win from Sir John Swaine's home-bred gelding. Good Strike, an unraced four-year-old from the yard of Almond Lee Yee-tat, did a good job to finish third against two Class One gallopers, considering he received 52 and 57 points from them respectively in the ratings. Good Strike, an Australian-bred son of a decent young sire in Magic Albert, missed the start by 11/2 lengths but recovered to take a forward position on the rails, following the slick pace set by Regency Dragon. Jockey Gerald Mosse pushed him along briefly before allowing him to travel to the line comfortably.