ENGLISH star Darryll Holland and trainer Geoff Lane had their most significant success together when smart Irish galloper Heavily Armed (15-1) landed the featured Hermes Watch Cup at Sha Tin yesterday. Lane revealed later that the major success for the stable largely came about because his apprentice had disobeyed riding instructions on the trainer's second string. Heavily Armed is a quality galloper on his day and has been responsible for some excellent wins for this stable over the past few seasons and he showed with this gripping win that he has what it takes to mix it very close to the top here. The 1,400-metre start is very much to the liking of the rising six-year-old who was recommended to Lane by former stable jockey Declan Murphy and the purchase represented a handy day's work for the Australian trainer. It was a tremendous finish to the $1.6 million sponsored race with Holland putting Heavily Armed through a closing gap 150 metres out and then nailing both Quick Action (4-1 favourite) and Chagall (8-1) in the run to the line. Heavily Armed put in a tremendous final effort under Holland after Quick Action, set for the race, and improving Chagall had looked to have it between them. Lane had also newcomer Mr Hi-Lite in the race and explained: 'I told my apprentice, James Chan, that I wanted him to stick to the rails throughout. I did not want to see him fanning about six or seven wide when they straightened. 'Darryll elected to follow the lad in the run and when they straightened the lad did exactly what I did not want - he went about six wide. But that left Darryll with a run along the rail and he made good use of if.' In a dramatic race for Lane, the trainer was called before the Stewards to explain Heavily Armed's previous poor run when he had finished well back. On his day, Heavily Armed is a very serious threat in good races, but it did look yesterday as if Quick Action was the one most likely to matter. He was ridden beautifully by Basil Marcus who let him slide off on the corner and into the centre of the track where he delivered what looked to be a race-winning finish. Irish ace Mick Kinane, angling Chagall through in equally sweet fashion, set sail after Quick Action and gobbled up the ground. When it seemed destined to be a battle royal between these two, Heavily Armed and Holland arrived to swamp them in a matter of strides. Quick Action and Chagall went over the line together, but the camera gave it to the former by the minimum margin. Right Way crossed from his outside draw to lead early, but was done with in the straight and Kadbridge failed to live up to his previous effort in the Remy XO Cup.