TALENTED New Zealand rider Larry Cassidy has quickly adapted to racing life in Hong Kong and took his early season tally to three when progressive Express Duke (2-1 favourite) made short work of the third event on the Sha Tin night card. Express Duke continued the excellent early season form of Cassidy's retaining trainer, Alex Wong Siu-tan, and there is no reason to doubt that the pairing are in line for a very worthwhile campaign. This Class Four, 1,200-metre event may well turn out to be of significance as not only did Express Duke give every indication of going up the grades, but the runner-up Professionalkiller is going to take the same route. Express Duke was arguably going over what is now his best distance but Professionalkiller, handled by Douglas Whyte, is definitely looking for a lot further. This was Professionalkiller's second lifetime run and trainer Ricky P. F. Yiu has plenty to work with in this American-bred three-year-old who came from a fair way back to be going solidly at the line. Express Duke was also starting for only the second time and he had obviously summered well. Some of his lead-up work had been good and he was travelling very easily for Cassidy in the run, just sitting off the pace and looking ready to pounce. When Express Duke moved smoothly through to take it up soon after straightening it was all over but the excellent finish effort of Professionalkiller added real meaning to the event. Trainer Wong said: 'He has come on well and we were very confident of a good run from him. He has been allowed to come to himself because we did not rush him and I think that has been of considerable benefit. 'Now we will just have to see how far we can go with him.' Express Duke dominated the betting as he eventually did the race but there were reasonable runs from Lyphard's Lad, who finished fifth, and Super Horse II who was just behind him. Super Horse II, from the Ivan Allan stable, showed his first trace of form and may be worth keeping in mind. Popular local rider Rambo Tse Wai-ho notched his first winner of the season when bottomweight Follow Me (10-1) just held on in an exciting finish to the Class Six, 1,400-metre second event on the card. In a tight finish Follow Me held on by a head from Determinater (6-1 favourite), given every chance by Australian ace Damien Oliver. The weight swing of 11 pounds was a major help. Hoi Fung Star (7-1) and Cambridge Success (25-1) crossed the line locked together in third place and the camera could not split them.