Trainer David Hall was wondering if it was a case of being careful what you wish for minutes before Hawkes Bay ploughed through the Sha Tin slush yesterday to snatch the ATV Cup (1 6,00m) that got away 12 months ago. Moments later, officials put an end to the day's racing after surface water from the heavy rains had become a safety concern. 'I've wanted him to get some cut in the ground and when we had the rain, I became pretty confident he could run well. But when it just kept raining, by the time we got to this race I was thinking maybe it was too soft, considering he had 133 pounds to carry through it,' Hall said after Hawkes Bay (Brett Prebble) overhauled Special Days to win by a half length. Hall purchased Hawkes Bay for owner Daryl Ng Win-kong, son of property developer Robert Ng Chee Siong and a second Class One feature under top weight carried a lot of satisfaction with it, especially after he had been an unlucky third last year. 'I haven't had many other opportunities to buy a good British horse and it's very satisfying that Hawkes Bay has done what he has done,' Hall said. 'He's been a very good horse, won six races and HK$8 million in stake money, without being quite up to the Viva Patacas and those sorts of horses.' Hall said he had preferred to miss the opportunity to run in the QE II Cup last month, hoping that Hawkes Bay would find a more winnable scenario, like yesterday's Cup. 'He's been around in the international races before and hasn't run too badly. He could have run again behind Presvis and run his honest race out of the placings, but I thought it was a better idea to look for some cut in the ground and chance to win and he's been able to carry the plan off. It isn't going to be easy to place him now but that's him for this season.' Hall had earlier won over 1,200m in Class Four with My Goal (Howard Cheng Yue-tin), a son of Japan Cup winner, Jungle Pocket. 'He was another I wanted to get some give in the track for but didn't know how he would handle it this bad,' Hall said. 'He's taken time to get right because he sulked after being gelded, lost condition and became a bit fragile. But he's coming solid now, still doing a few things wrong but definitely stronger and now we might be able to get him out over further, which I think everyone realises is what he wants.'