SWEDISH champion Fredrek Johansson and Derby failure Mr Vitality will be the focus of sharp attention at Sha Tin's Centenary Cup meeting tomorrow. The personable young Swede enters the fray with four rides on the eight-race programme while Mr Vitality backs up six days after his unplaced Derby run over 1,000 metres. Johansson was an unusual choice for a three-month stint with the Jockey Club and becomes the first Scandinavian to ride here. The decision to licence the more widely-touted German champion Peter Schiergen for a month was scarcely justified by subsequent performances but the 24-year-old Swede approaches his debut with confidence. 'I am very pleased to get the chance to ride in Hong Kong and I am looking forward to it. 'I do not think it will be easy but it is a good challenge for me. I have ridden all over Scandinavia and also in Italy and Germany,' he said. Johansson is based in the southern seaport city of Malmo which boasts one of only two top class racetracks in the country. He also rides frequently in Denmark which is less than 30 minutes from Malmo. How much heat Johansson will feel mixing it with international stars like Mick Kinane, Gerald Mosse and Alan Munro remains to be seen but he will have no complaints about the change in temperature. As Hong Kong moves out of the recent cold snap, Johansson recalls his last Swedish meeting a week ago. 'We were riding at minus 18 degrees Celsius. They were using a lot of salt and then rollers to keep the track open,' he said. Ivan Allan sprang a surprise by deciding to go for the Centenary Cup just six days after Mr Vitality failed in the Derby over 1,800 metres. The decision was taken after talks with owner Larry Yung and Allan said: 'There are not that many suitable races for him over the next couple of months and he did win the first leg of the Sprint Championship. 'This is the second leg but I have to advise punters to be wary. He is coming back very sharply in distance in a short space of time and I would not put him down as a good betting proposition.' Meanwhile, senior Jockey Club vet Keith Watkins was shaking his head yesterday over the on-course deaths of two horses from massive bleeding attacks at Happy Valley on Wednesday night. 'There's no mystery about how or why they died. Both bled very badly and died as a result. But in my experience we have not had two of them actually dying on the racecourse in one race day. 'We are conducting post mortems on them but I am sure those will simply show large amounts of blood in the lungs,' said Watkins. The respected vet pointed out that there were no severe temperature changes on Wednesday night which is frequently pointed to as a reason for sudden bleeding attacks in racehorses. 'I would not have thought there was anything particularly stressful about the races they were in. It was all very normal,' he added. Lockhart's Lot was pulled up and eventually died on the track while Golden Rule who was taken to a swabbing stall dropped dead as vets were preparing to check him out. The sudden demise of two horses on the one night has strengthened Watkins' resolve that there will be no changes to the rule that states horses that have bled twice must be retired. From time to time there have been suggestions that the rule could be changed, particularly if a horse that bleeds goes for a couple of years without a second attack. 'I do face suggestions about changing the rule. 'Sometimes, when a horse has not bled again and there is something like a three-year gap you may feel your resolve weakening. 'But it simply takes something like this on Wednesday night to show just how important the rule really is. 'Golden Rule was certainly not an official bleeder while the other one had bled before,' he said. Although there are sudden surges in bleeding statistics during a season, figures invariably even out over the nine-month campaign. 'As it is now the end of February, we have done the latest figures on bleeders and they are comparable to previous seasons. I am sure we will end up with very similar statistics come June,' said Watkins. Last season the percentage incidence of bleeders to race runners was 0.93 per cent and it has been around this mark for the 1990s. The figure to the end of February, including Wednesday night's fatalities, was 0.89 per cent. The worst season for bleeders since 1981 was in the 1988-89 season when the ratio was 1.45 per cent. 'We have no logical explanation why that season was higher. The following season it was 1.36 per cent but since then it has remained under one per cent,' said Watkins.