TALENTED apprentice Peter Ho had a day he'll never forget at Sha Tin yesterday with a 350-1 double initiated by the John Moore-trained Horse Of The Year Makarpura Star in the feature ATV Cup. Ho went on to take the final event on Smiling for his retaining trainer Peter Ng Bik-Kuen to underline his immense potential in the saddle. Ho's only worry is his weight. If he can keep that under control he has a very bright future ahead of him. Yesterday's double took him to a career total of 21 winners and his natural skill in the saddle is recognised by most of the territory's trainers who are eager to snap up his services. But none more so than Ng and Moore, the latter often calling on him for his topweights or when there is a local riders' event. Ho rode copybook races on both Makarpura Star and Smiling yesterday and Ng said: 'He has plenty of ability and has the right attitude these days. I'm very happy with him and very happy for him. I never have any hesitation in putting him on my horses or recommending him to other trainers.' Ho is lucky to have a master such as Ng who takes an almost paternal interest in his apprentices. It was Ng who was the mentor to the late Francis Lam who was the most natural young rider seen in the territory since Tony Cruz burst on to the scene in the early seventies. Lam was tragically killed in a car crash in the Aberdeen tunnel and the Jockey Club's racing department then wisely recommended Ho's transfer to Ng. Ho has blossomed under Ng's guidance though it hasn't all been plain sailing. Earlier this season Ng went so far as to impose his own one-month ban on his apprentice as he wasn't happy with his behaviour. That discipline has stood Ho in good stead and the way he rides he looks anything but a five-pound claimer. Yesterday he didn't panic on Makarpura Star once he was slowly away and then checked back to the rear of the field. He even had the good sense on the wet track to switch out wide turning for home in search of the faster ground. And from the top of the straight he just kept him balanced and running and the Derby, Gold Cup and Champions and Chater Cup winner did the rest, storming down the centre of the course to beat the mudlark Sterling Town by a head with Helene Star a neck back in third. 'He covered a heap of extra ground but that was where it was faster and he was just too good for them,' beamed an ebullient Moore after racing. 'He races well fresh and talent has won the day. I've always said he was one of the most clean-winded horses I've ever trained.' The surprising thing was the price. With those close to the stable and most trackwatchers believing Makarpura Star was a little above himself in condition for his first run since October, he was allowed to drift to 25-1. Sterling Town has been running well all season and grows a leg in the wet while the gutsy Helene Star ran third despite hating the ground. 'You could see from the way he was carrying his head from just about the moment the field jumped they he didn't like the ground,' pointed out his trainer Patrick Biancone. 'But he's such a brave horse that he was still able to run third.' The ground and the 1,400-metre trip were against River Verdon as the former champion again finished last. Ho came from virtually last to win on Makarpura Star and then showed his versatility when riding the perfect front-running race on Smiling in the last. Ho paced the race beautifully to hold Rajput by a fairly comfortable 11/4 lengths with Northern Fire Ball the same distance back in third. For Ng it was win number nine of the season.