HE was good in Australia, but up here he's brilliant. Patrick Payne is his name and riding winners is his game. Bucket-loads of them in fact, as yesterday's second four-timer of the season demonstrated. This one came at Sha Tin and yet the day had started so badly for him when he was beaten out of the placings on David Hayes' wayward, odds-on chance Echo Bay who hung to the outside fence in the second event. After that Payne bounced right back to score on Bruce Hutchison's Trobis in the third, Li Lap-sai's Good Tension in the fifth and Hayes' highly promising Topspin in the seventh, before completing a fantastic day when prevailing by a head on the Chris Cheung-trained Good Choice in the eighth. The four-timer took Payne to 15 winners yet his three-month Club Jockey stint is only just past halfway. 'You can certainly say that things have worked out well for me,' he smiled as he left the track. 'Bruce had done a really good job with Trobis and had him primed, trained to the minute for his race while Good Tension had to be a chance on his last run as he came home in the slow ground that day and still ran second.' Payne added: 'Topspin looks as if he's going places and it's not often up here you get such an armchair ride though it has to be said, he was fortunate to run up against such a weak field.' Hayes, who skipped over the top South African jockey Piere Strydom as well as Payne to give his stable position to four-time champion Basil Marcus, was as pleased as anyone to see Payne bring home a four-timer. 'Last week I watched Piere ride three and now it's Patrick with a four-timer. I'm really happy for both of them,' Hayes said. Their accomplishments are unlikely to be lost on the Jockey Club's licensing committee as both will almost certainly be top of the Club's shopping list when it comes to appointing Club Jockeys for next season. And both Payne and Strydom have already intimated that in many respects they are happier riding here in that more freelance capacity rather than as a retained rider with all the problems such a retainership sometimes brings. Hutchison, as Payne suggested, plotted Trobis' success to a nicety. The white-haired mentor from Perth had earmarked him for yesterday's 1,400-metre event some months ago, the race timed to coincide with owner Syed Pervez Hussain's return from his native Pakistan where he is the country's largest and most successful breeder and a past dual Derby winner. Topspin's 3.75-length defeat of Mighty Mighty was gained with Payne sitting virtually motionless and he can surely win again before the season is out. Yesterday's success took Hayes to 42 winners for the campaign and, most importantly, pulled him alongside Ivan Allan in the engaging and highly competitive struggle for training supremacy. Payne brought Good Tension with his customary late run to collar Great Intent in the fifth with Spartan third, and then had to use all his vigour to force Good Choice past the longtime leader, debutant Right On, in the eighth.