Fownes buzzing about this Killer

There is so much to come with next season's classic crop in HK racing that the flowing water is a leaky tap and the bridge it is to go under hasn't even been built.

Still, looking ahead to next year's 4yo series is always a popular pastime each season as talented three-year-olds emerge so we thought we'd start our usual "path to the Derby" updates early.

Saturday saw two new horses elevated on our list, maiden galloper Season's Bliss moving his rating up by 2 points with a strong-finishing second early in the day but he was overshadowed later by the effort of Caspar-Fownes-trained Killer Bee In race seven.

Killer Bee had already won a slowly-run straight course event and did a bit wrong before being narrowly beaten at 1200m second start. Although Fownes reported the youngster was not mistake-free this time either and has more to come with maturity, Killer Bee unwound the best final 400m of the meeting to run down 4yo Mighty Valor on the line after he looked to have the 1200m Class 3 won.

He is a touch keen in races at this stage, Killer Bee but, if he relaxes better as a 4yo, it wouldn't surprise to see the son of Savabeel manage 1600m to put him in the picture for the Classic Mile.

The cut off rating for our list is 85 and we'll update it from time to time.