'He is limited but this looked like the right sort of race for him'

Race-fitness was the difference for the Caspar Fownes-trained Gracytom as the five-year-old held off the first-up Fastalot in a Class Five dogfight. Gracytom was fourth-up, but don't expect too much more from the gelding: "This horse can only do two things," Fownes said. "He can race at Happy valley or on the Sha Tin dirt. He is limited but this looked like the right sort of race for him. He has done his job, but we'll give him a couple more chances on the dirt up in grade. He was well in himself, dropped back to a low gate and Vincent [Ho Chak-yiu] rode him well." It was Gracytom's second win from 25 outings since arriving at the Fownes stable last season. Michael Cox


Chadwick's executive decision proves the big difference

Ho Wongchoy was another to break a lengthy drought when Matthew Chadwick gave him a nice ride in the sixth, but as trainer Andreas Schutz explained, it could have all been different. Usually an on-pace runner, Ho Wongchoy found a race with plenty of others wanting to make the pace and Chadwick made an executive decision to come out of the war zone up front. "I was only able to get Matthew for this horse because Tony Cruz's runner, the eventual favourite Supreme Genki, was originally a reserve, so that was lucky," Schutz said. "And he gave him a very clever ride." It was Ho Wongchoy's first victory since October, 2010. Alan Aitken


Change in attitude brings the best out of five-year-old

A calm, focused Hong Kong Fat put together back-to-back Class Five wins, but Weichong Marwing was concerned about the Francis Lui Kin-wai-trained gelding pre-race. "I didn't recognise him - he was too relaxed," Marwing smiled after Hong Kong Fat added a Happy Valley win to his Sha Tin victory last time out, but not as the horse he rode last season. "He has taken a chill pill. Normally this horse is a head case. He shakes in the yard, he shakes in the barriers. But today he could have fallen asleep he was so relaxed." The change in attitude now sees Hong Kong Fat unbeaten in two outings in the cellar grade after Brett Prebble rode him first up. Alan Aitken