Irish sprinter Sole Power returns for another shot at the Longines Hong Kong Sprint this year, and as much as Ed Lynam admits his veteran isn't as strong over 1,200m as he is over shorter trips, the trainer still thinks more positive tactics should be employed fourth time around at Sha Tin.
Sole Power is now eight but still appears to have a big run left in him, having added a fifth Group One win to his impressive résumé with victory in the Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai earlier this year and a Group Two win two starts at home at the Curragh.
"Why wouldn't we come back?" Lynam said. "The horse gets treated well, the owners get treated well, and as much as we wish it was over 1,000m, you have to take a chance. We've got nothing to lose."
Even over 1,000m Sole Power is usually held up for one run and the gelding has scored some of his famous wins with withering come-from-behind surges - a prime example being his dramatic victory in last year's King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The same tactics have been used in three previous international day runs, and although they worked to an extent when Sole Power ran into second behind Lord Kanaloa in 2013, he was still five lengths astern as the Japanese machine destroyed his rivals.
After watching the replays of Sole Power's previous three runs, which also include two unplaced efforts where the pocket rocket failed to make an impression from behind, Lynam has come to believe that sitting in the second half of the field over 1,200m at Sha Tin is a disadvantage.
"When he was second, he was beaten a long way by, in my opinion, the best sprinter I've seen in the last decade, Lord Kanaloa," Lynam said.
"But we did beat all of the locals that year, so that gives us some extra hope. We will see what we draw, but we may go away from those tactics if we can.
"It is very hard to come from a long way back here unless they go a suicidal pace up front. I don't think we can be doing what we did at Royal Ascot, for instance, and get away with it."
With a rating of 118, Sole Power actually carries the second highest international mark of the 14 runners in the race with only Gold-Fun ahead of him on 119, but as Lynam points out, figures can be deceiving, and for a horse like Sole Power, 200m makes a world of difference.
"He has attained that rating in 1,000m races and his best 1,200m rating is only around 110 or 112, so he needs to up his game, and the bottom line here is that he needs to run up to his best rating but do it over 1,200m."
Lynam also urged punters to ignore Sole Power's last start flop in the Group One Prix de l'Abbaye.
"A lot of people like Paris, but I don't think Sole Power performs well there - that's a real bogey race for us," he said, with the horse placing once from five tries at Longchamp. "He gets intimidated, he is not a big horse and it's a rough race. Even before he ran second here, he ran poorly there so I would give him the benefit for the doubt."
Even though Sole Power has carried some of Europe's best jockeys to Group One victories including Johnny Murtagh, Ryan Moore and Richard Hughes, Irish rider Chris Hayes, who has been aboard for the horse's last two starts, is relatively unknown to local fans.
"It's his first time here, but he will be based in Dubai throughout the winter and he is a very promising up-and-coming jockey," Lynam said. "He has some big boots to fill, but he is a good jockey."