Dream horse Right Way last night stole the thunder from Michael's Choice with a typically tenacious triumph in a classy Sha Tin Trophy at the New Territories venue. The seven-year-old, trained by Brian Kan Ping-chee, would not be denied under a fine ride from much-improved apprentice Eden Cheung, prevailing by a short head from favourite Michael's Choice. There was a similar distance back to Bogie's Pride in third after he had been very well rated in front by seven-pound claimer James Chan. Kan was in his usual ebullient mood after the presentation ceremony for one of the territory's most important handicaps, while Patrick Biancone was more than satisfied with Michael's Choice's reappearance effort under 131lbs. 'I thought there were two main hopes, my horse and Michael's Choice, and that's how it has proved,' said Kan, who now revels in the 'Cups King' handle rather than his former pseudonym 'The Champ'. 'I thought it was just a single quinella race and I love to win the big races these days. I prefer quality to quantity.' Right Way just doesn't know how to run a bad race. Ever since he arrived from Ireland as a three-year-old, he's been winning big race after big race. Last night's victory was the ninth of his glittering career and took his career earnings to $11.6 million. Michael's Choice was settled in fifth on the fence by Eric Legrix, as Bogie's Pride led from Dashing with Cheung taking a sit on Right Way. This was a most astute tactic from Cheung, as taking on Bogie's Pride in front would have been nothing more than spoiling tactics. They would have run each other into the ground. From the top of the straight it appeared that Bogie's Pride might hold on, but Right Way is never beaten and Michael's Choice was closing with every stride as the Paul Eddery-ridden Viva Icta also started to gather them in. It was short heads all around at the finish with Right Way yet again pulling it off when it mattered most - on the line. Biancone felt that the race will have done Michael's Choice the world of good. He said: 'I think he can improve up to 10 pounds on that run. He was blowing a bit when he came back, though nothing to worry about, and in the last 100 metres he was only closing because he is such a good horse. 'He was doing it on class rather than because he is fully fit.' The next step for Michael's Choice is the Stewards' Cup on November 9. It is building up into a fascinating contest, with the likes of Mr Vitality and Benji also being aimed at the set-weight mile event. After the Stewards' Cup comes the 1,400-metre showpiece International Bowl for Michael's Choice. Biancone added: 'I think after that showing he will be selected. I'd like to think after this he's already done enough to be selected to represent Hong Kong.' The French mentor saddled three in the Sha Tin Trophy but Deauville could never get into the race, eventually finishing eighth, and his International Vase winner, Partipral, was later found to be lame after tailing off last of the 14 runners. 'The mile is just too short for Deauville these days,' said Biancone who refused to be downcast by Partipral's effort but this was before the vets report came back. 'It was much too short for him and he needed the race badly. It was no worse than some other top Class One horses have run and then come out and run very well the next time,' was Biancone's reaction prior to the late veterinary findings. Eddery felt that Viva Icta might have run into the placings but for lugging in during the closing stages. Master Eagle stayed on well for fifth, and watch out for Sterling Town whenever he encounters a wet track and is pushed up from a mile. He flew down the centre of the course for sixth. Derby winner Che Sara Sara made a pleasing reappearance in running seventh.