The empire well and truly struck back when Douglas Whyte landed his five-timer at Sha Tin last Sunday as all and sundry were declaring the championship over.
The clock is ticking with the last five meetings and 48 races to run and the Durban Demon is dangerous again today at his favourite haunt but after what we have seen unfold in the past three weeks, anything is possible.
Whyte and Prebble have now won an astonishing 24 of the last 37 races in an incredible duel that is outshining even their epic face-off for the jockeys' title in 2007, but this time with roles reversed.
Prebble is the one trying to hold on to a lead in the race and there's a lot to be said for having the runs on the board, but Whyte simply won't go away in the battle for his 10th consecutive championship.
He needed some magic after Prebble's six-timer at Happy Valley and produced it last weekend - the South African's alliance with John Size providing four of his five victories and key again this afternoon in four rides, The Rifle, Glory Of India, Enriched and Ejimeric Te Specso.
Both riders look to have one standout ride - London China Town for Whyte and Perfect Sprint for Prebble - but the rest of the afternoon holds a few questions to be answered by their respective mounts.
What isn't in question is the drive that will be on board all of them.