STAY loyal to Musical Insight in tonight's third event on the Sha Tin grass - the opening leg of the elusive Triple Trio for which $4.87 million is carried forward. The first-season Irish import was strongly fancied to open his account a few weeks ago, but didn't get the run of the race before staying on well enough for fifth, beaten just three-quarters of a length by one of his main rivals again this evening, Nervous Witness. In the early stages of that mile event it looked like there was going to be a fierce pace on with the natural leader, Evasive Tactic, blinkered for the first time followed by Nervous Witness and another free-running sort in All Thrills. But Basil Marcus has not been champion for the past three seasons for nothing and he kept a firm hold of Evasive Tactic and they basically ran even quarters of around 24 seconds throughout. Danny Lee, on Musical Insight, clearly shared the same view as many of those in the stands during the first 200 metres or so, namely that they were likely to go too hard up front and he made a point of settling Musical Insight back in the field. At the time it seemed the right manoeuvre, but in the end it made it very hard for Musical Insight to figure for he had to make up a considerable amount of ground from the top of the straight. Given that he closed to within three-quarters of a length on the line, it was still a promising run - perhaps it was the run of the race. And the move up in distance from a mile to 1,900 metres should suit this four-year-old who had very good form in Ireland at two and three-years-old. He scored over 1,400 metres as a juvenile before taking a good 0-100 handicap over a mile the following season in a campaign which culminated in a highly creditable fifth of 12 in a top 1,800-metre handicap. Given that he stayed 1,800 metres well as a three-year-old there is every reason to believe he won't have any trouble handling the move to 1,900 metres this evening, especially given that last run over a mile behind Nervous Witness. The revised weights also heavily favour Musical Insight as he is allowed seven pounds for the three-quarters of a length he was beaten by the admirable Nervous Witness who had been a really good horse for his very popular owner, the completely racing-besotted Archie da Silva. If Nervous Witness doesn't win, one thing is for sure, it won't be because Archie hasn't cheered him home loudly enough. Enthusiasm, returning from a spell, had no room close home eventually finishing two lengths seventh to Nervous Witness. He should now be in peak condition and must also be considered, though 1,900 metres is about as far as he wants to go. Best One also had no luck in running behind Nervous Witness, whose win could be a little flattering as it was a race where the pace favoured the leaders. That won't necessarily be the case tonight with Winner's Special, Wonderful World and Evasive Tactic likely to ensure a good clip throughout, possibly setting it up for something to swoop home late like Musical Insight or Enthusiasm. John Moore can keep up his championship momentum and his good strike rate with visiting English riding star Alan Munro by taking the Kowloon Cricket Club Cup with the well-handicapped Outerwear. The admirably consistent six-year-old benefits from one of the outmoded quirks of the classification system which really should be corrected now that there are voluntary promotions and demotions within the classifications. He has been raised just one pound in absolute weight and none at all in the ratings for his short head second to Lifo last time out, despite the fact that the pair drew 33/4 lengths clear of their rivals. So he meets Nansen, who was 43/4 lengths back in fourth, having disputed the lead, on exactly the same terms. This is patently ridiculous. The reason is that there is still a directive, a legacy of the days when rigid Class bands ruled, that now horses can go up a Class without winning. And Outerwear was already positioned right at the top of Class Three prior to that short head second. To raise him from a mark of 72 would be to put him into Class Two. It's clearly in contradiction to the voluntary promotions and demotions which allow horses of different Classes to compete against each other these days, but while it exists it is worth exploiting. So while Outerwear has 135 pounds to defy, he is, in theory anyway, a handicap good thing.