PETER Ng Bik-kuen introduces another interesting Irish import in the shape of Health First in the fifth event at Sha Tin tomorrow night. Ng has been a dab hand at finding decent horses from the Emerald Isle over the last five or six seasons, not least Quicken Away who had only won a walkover before arriving in the territory. But there have also been the likes of Derby runner-up All-Rounder Graham, Derby fourth Smiling, as well as the good winners, Call Sign, Endurance, Fantastic Flyer, Grey Linnet and Lucky Clover to name just a few. Ng's Irish connections stem from his time there learning the training trade and they all came about due a chance meeting one Boxing Day in a Chinese restaurant in Soho. Some Irish racing folk were celebrating a good day's racing at the tradition Christmas jumping fixture at Kempton Park and they ended up taking Ng back to Ireland with them. He has made many, many good contacts there over the years and, combined for a natural eye for a horse who will do well in Hong Kong, he has come away with some top buys at value-for-money prices. Health First does not immediately leap out of the form book as the ideal type as he raced eight times for Paddy Prendergast in Ireland as a two-year-old which could lead to the view that much of juice would have been squeezed from him. But his work suggests otherwise. He has been one of the more impressive first-season imports out at the track and caught the eye again yesterday with a fluent 1,200-metre gallop in one minute 18.9 seconds in company with stablemate Oriental Oilfield who has been working well in readiness for tomorrow night's fourth event. Ng also takes the shrewd step of dropping Health First down in grade to contest a Class Three event from his rating of 71 at the bottom of Class Two. He will be tested by Stephen Leung's Happy Cheers who has been working well since his debut second to Eastern Star over 1,200 metres at Sha Tin. Geoff Lane's last-start winner, Zeus, has been off the track for a while but mark him down as a potential improver from his recent work. And then there is Neville Begg's Local Colour lurking dangerously at the bottom of the weights. He has continued to work pleasingly, including in a trial, and should be ideally suited by the drop back in distance to a much more favourable 1,400 metres. From the work tracks, the likely improver in the opening griffin event is Ivan Allan's Acquisition but it is hard to see him coping with the main form chances, Golden Prosperity, Amazing Win and Magnum Thirtythree who needed his debut run. The second event has seen an exceptional trial effort at Happy Valley from Cricket Lord who continues to make good progress. There has been solid work and trial efforts from Eddie Lo's Magician and Wylie Wong's Chung San in preparation for the fourth. Allan's Fukien Boy has also been going along smoothly in readiness for the last event on a trick night's sport at the New Territories' venue.