FOUR-TIME champion John Moore surged to the front in the race for this season's training honours with a 420-1 treble at Sha Tin yesterday. Moore, who missed the meeting as he scoured the Sydney Easter sales for new blood, scored with Wang Tak Supreme in the second, Magnum Thirtythree in the fourth and Happy Occasions in the last. Yesterday's treble followed hard on the heels of a double on Wednesday night and Moore, very much the trainer in form, has now sent out 39 winners. He is one clear of longtime leader Patrick Biancone and three ahead of Wong Tang-ping. These three appear to have the championship between them as defending champion, Ivan Allan, is back in fourth on 30. Wang Tak Supreme not only initiated Moore's treble, he was also the first winner in Hong Kong for the talented Melbourne Cup and multiple Group One-winning jockey Steven King. King rode well on the dour stayer but owed success to the gutless display from runner-up, Oriental Power, who defied a magnificent ride from Tony Cruz to once more snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Oriental Power hit the front without having had to do any work through the race but yet again he found the prospect of winning far too daunting and performed the equine equivalent of 'choking' at the vital moment. Having led inside the final 100 metres by a good neck, seemingly going well, he eventually went down by half a length. Not that King minded. 'It's great to get off the mark,' he said. 'This is not the kind of place you want to go too long without a winner so this has been an important win for me.' King has an application pending to extend his one-month licence until the end of the season and, with Gerald Mosse and Mick Kinane having recently left, he must have a good chance of succeeding. The talent emerging from the apprentice ranks was further evidenced yesterday when Peter Ho, as good as any of the current claimers, brought Moore's Magnum Thirtythree home a facile 31/3-length winner from the strong-finishing Mehrban in the fourth. Ho can claim seven pounds and that makes him a boy to keep firmly on your side, especially in these local rider affairs. Happy Occasion had to defy the unwanted attentions of a bolting Bambi prior to the start for the day's final event. The incident caused Greg Childs to be unseated from Happy Occasions who in turn had to be examined by the vets before he was allowed to participate. In the end, he caught the enigmatic-cum-luckless Hercules in the final strides to win by a neck. The pair pulled 31/4 lengths clear of Golden Jerrang who stayed on for third.