IT'S been a good end to the season for Australian trainer Geoff Lane and he can add to his tally with Money Horse in the third event at Sha Tin tonight. A recent excellent double with a well-planned crack at the Irish import Heavily Armed gave Lane every reason to smile and then he was the recipient of a prized permit from the Jockey Club to retain a rider for next season. His horses have been running well in the latter part of the season and Money Horse has been around for much of the campaign, but has finally come down to a mark where he could be most effective. The ageing grey is now a Class Three campaigner having spent most of the season in Class Two - and running good races behind some fairly smart horses. He made his debut for the season in February and was not that far away in races won by horses like Flowers Treasure and Viva Icta who are a long way above the company he is in tonight. Money Horse also strikes what is his best distance with the only slight worry being his last run which was probably the worst he has put in so far this season. Prior to that he had come home well to be just over four lengths adrift of Green Supreme over 1,200 metres and that horse went on to frank the form by completing a hat-trick of wins. Money Horse is a solid course and distance winner in good time and he seems to be still going well enough in the mornings. Trainer Lane has clearly felt his chances to be serious enough to call for the best available help and will leg up Patrick Payne tonight, taking over from claimer Raymond S. M. Tam who is not among the top bracket of apprentices. It is a highly significant move and greatly enhances the chance of the nine-year-old who has invariably been able to get away with the right race in a given season. But there is some depth to this race and that in itself can be a rarity at this advanced stage of the season. It is not made easier for punters as racing tonight is on the narrow and unsuitable D Course. That will also make life awkward for the all-conquering team of jockey Tony Cruz and trainer John Moore, who all but clinched their respective titles on Saturday. They combine again with Jollity who is a genuine campaigner in this grade and would be a top winning chance were it not for the draw. But it is going to be difficult - but not impossible - to come from the extreme outside (12) on this course. The most interesting single runner could well be Wong Tang-ping's Mr Snip who has been thereabouts in some good races this season and does look quite well placed on his best form to date. He came home strongly from some way back last time for maximum claimer James K. C. Chan over 1,200 metres and the extra 200 metres tonight is right in his favour. The run to go on was three starts back when he finished a flying third, course and distance, to Top-Worth who has won since and does look another who is just a cut above average. He had Jollity behind him in that run and there is no reason why the Moore runner should reverse placings, particularly as they are at level weights tonight. Mr Snip finished exactly three lengths ahead of Jollity in Top-Worth's race. There was considerable talk about Admiralty Fortune before his debut, but confidence was slightly misplaced to the extent that the favourite could only finish fifth, beaten just under two lengths, in a longer sprint. He was then backed up over the same distance with claimer Alex K. S. Yu in the saddle and ran no sort of race at all which suggests punters should be wary. Sunday Cruise came back after a break and may have needed the run when fading for eighth behind Gainsborough's Boy over a mile last time with Cruz aboard. Trainer Lawrie Fownes, with an excellent double to his credit on Saturday, has kept Sunday Cruise ticking over and tonight's trip should definitely be in the gelding's favour. Fownes has booked the hard-riding Jackie C. K. Tse for Sunday Cruise and they could be thereabouts at the finish. Adamant produced a fair run last time on yielding ground over 1,200 metres and was doing his best work at the line suggesting that he might now handle a bit more ground - although that has not been the case in the past. He has dropped quite a way down the ratings - although it is highly possible that Adamant was over-classified to begin with. Tse rides Majulah Superstar for his old master, Fownes, and the horse has been working encouragingly recently. He is resuming after a mini-break and could do something over this trip off his relatively light weight.