INTERNATIONAL ace Mick Kinane landed his first Hong Kong winner this time around last night and found himself on the receiving end of a glowing tribute from long-serving trainer Bruce Hutchison. The Australian trainer booked Kinane for his first outside ride on Gints To Win (5-1) and watched as the Irishman recovered from a mid-race mishap to power the gelding home for a nerve-tingling win over smart newcomer Shinnecock Hills (6-1). 'A lesser rider would not have won, it's that simple. Duet Danseurs came out on him and he did a marvellous job in holding the horse together and keeping him balanced,' said Hutchison. 'Even then I thought we were history but Mick really drove him through. It was a brilliant effort.' Probably not quite so keen to dish out the compliments to Kinane was trainer David Hayes who watched newcomer Shinnecock Hills go down to an unlucky defeat. 'He hated the dirt and simply ducked away from it so that he was wide throughout. Steven [King] said he was rolling around like a drunken sailor,' said Hayes. 'I did not really want to put him into an equitrack race but there was nothing coming up for some time and he had been going so well, I just had to take the chance with him.' Gints To Win has had so many trainers he looked destined to end his career early at Beas River when no trainer would take him on. But the Trainers' Association assigned Hutchison to the task and the trainer put two runs into the sprinter before last night's winning effort. Gints To Win did look gone when the field straightened with Speedstar (14-1) still in front and Shinnecock Hills on the outside. But Kinane blazed Gints To Win through a gap close home and held off the fast-finishing Shinnecock Hills by a neck in a gripping finish. Topweight Green Supreme (4-1 favourite) finished a fair third, three-quarters of a length away after having had every chance under Tony Cruz. Claimer Raymond S. M. Tam chalked up his first winner for the season for his master, David Hill, as Sharp Shooter (9-2 favourite) ran them off their feet in the fourth event. Sharp Shooter had won a trial on the dirt on Tuesday and had won as he pleased for John Marshall at his last start, midway through last season. It was a repeat performance with Sharp Shooter flashing through to take up the early lead which he never surrendered. Leading trainer Brian Kan Ping-chee notched the ninth winner in a memorable start to the season when Polygain (6-1) scored again in the opening event on the card. It was virtually a repeat of his last start success when claimer Eden H. K. Cheung, who has blossomed under Kan's tutelage, slipped smartly along the rails at the top of the straight and gained command close home.