Tony Millard's stayer Monsieur Mogok finally broke through last start and the South African-bred import can go back-to-back as banker in a weak first leg of the Triple Trio at Happy Valley tomorrow night.
It took 15 starts for Monsieur Mogok to notch his first win and it came over the 1,800m at the Valley, where most of the five-year-old's best efforts had been to that point.
Now Monsieur Mogok returns to the same course and distance and it could be a case of right place and right time for the in-form and race-fit galloper as the opposition does look subpar, even for Class Four.
Jockey Karis Teetan just missed out on a spot in the International Jockeys' Championship next Wednesday but is having a tremendous season so far with 16 wins and takes over from Douglas Whyte on Monsieur Mogok.
Barrier three is a plus, as it will allow Teetan to stay in the front half of the field without the risk of being trapped wide and be close enough to ensure he doesn't fall victim to a slow tempo.
Still, even if they do walk in front, there are usually no shortage of candidates willing to whip around the field during the middle stages, injecting some pace from the 600m.
Whyte switches to Tony Cruz-trained California Cherish, who seemed to appreciate a step up to 1,800m last start, looks to have found a competitive mark and can't be far away from figuring over the course and distance.
Benno Yung Tin-pang's Rapid Triumph (Zac Purton) would have finished closer last start if not for interference at the 250m and even though he will need some favours, he should improve and will be finding the line from the rear of the field.
Of the others, take Cash Courier (Gerald Mosse) and Loving Star (Gregory Benoist) in a race lacking depth and containing a few that are hard to catch when they do win, like Real Generous (Vincent Ho Chak-yiu) and Oscar Miracle (Derek Leung Ka-chun).
The feature race of the night forms the second leg of the TT, with the Hong Kong Golf Club Centenary Cup, a Class Four, giving Craig's Fortune (Purton) a chance to continue his winning run for trainer David Hall.
Craig's Fortune was a convincing winner over the 1,200m at the Valley's day meeting a month ago and returns with another low draw against some decent competition.
Chief among them is Paul O'Sullivan's surprise last-start winner Back In Black (Teetan), who can be considered a double banker if looking to narrow things down.
Next in line has to be stable transfer Planet Choice (Mosse), who ran a solid race for Cruz last start and now draws a better gate at his first start with Manfred Man Ka-leung.
The last leg is a rarely held 2,200m for Class Three horses, where tactics will be crucial, and a return to his preferred circuit makes Happy Rocky (Prebble) one to watch.
Happy Rocky has a much better record at the smaller track, but ran a great race when getting home for third over 1,800m at Sha Tin last start.
The fit, in-form runner and probable favourite is Young Ranger (Leung), who will be a popular and justified pick as banker, but one wonders when the winning run will come to an end for a horse that has already exceeded expectations with three wins this season.
From there, consider Supreme Fresh (Teetan), Happy Contender (Whyte) and Redwood Baby (Keith Yeung Ming-lun).
Full Glory (Mosse) is good enough if he is fit enough, which is a huge query first-up over 2,200m.