Bravado can maintain brilliant Australian jockey Patrick Payne's tremendous run of success and keep trainer John Moore's slim championship hopes alive by taking tonight's third event on the Sha Tin grass. The Australian-bred three-year-old, another winning Select Sale purchase, has always worked with great zest and fluency but it has taken time and all Moore's considerable skill before that work has been harnessed on racedays. But Bravado won in Class Five four starts ago and since then has done nothing but improve as so many of Moore's youngsters do, time after time, at this stage of the season. Po On Power, a Happy Valley winner last Wednesday night, is a classic example. After that Class Five success from New Leaf, Bravado then had no luck in running whatsoever on either of his immediate two starts. He was ridden too far back next time out when there was a bias to those up on the speed in the race won by Mr Intermac from Goldchin Star and then after that he was badly checked and blocked when fifth to Gold Capture and Money Come-In with Sky Time, one of tonight's main rivals, 2.25 lengths and two places ahead of Bravado in third spot. Sky Time is now one pound better off as Bravado has since run a highly creditable second to Shining Winner over tonight's 1,400-metre course and distance where it is just possible that he hit the front too soon. Bravado was raised three pounds in the ratings for that effort but it did confirm that he had been unlucky in his two previous outings and that he is on upgrade. Since then he has looked relaxed in his work and very fit and well. The relaxed aspect could be the key as previously he was too nervous and too free in the mornings and not hitting the line at all when it came to his races. He now appears to have turned the corner. Sky Time is still going to be hard to beat and is recommended as the main quinella leg with Bravado as Sky Time had to work hard early on from barrier 10 when third to Gold Capture and is another improving type. Big Treasure looks the other clear form selection in this Class Four contest. He was harshly assessed for his griffin form of last season and has taken time to drop a few pounds in the handicap scale and to overcome some niggling problems. Trainer Lawrie Fownes has had him coming to peak condition over the last month as underlined by his brave second to Universal Boss last time when he rallied to snatch the quinella spot from Goldchin Star. Big Treasure has continued to work well since and is a threat to them all while Majestic Conqueror could be storming home late at any old odds on a track which should favour those out wide and swooping - providing they can squeeze through on the narrow D Course.