Winford (Nap) can give new boy Richard Hughes a winning start to his Hong Kong career in the sixth event tonight. The seven-year-old is probably at his right mark in the lower end of Class Five but he has dropped 10 points in the ratings since winning first-up last season. And it wasn't a case of being a one-win wonder. Winford did put in some other good runs, not least at his final outing of last season when given no sort of a ride by a maximum claimer. Eventually Winford finished fourth to Powernamic over 1,400 metres in this grade but it was a race he could have won had he been put into it at all. But he came from an impossible position to be a length and a half away at the line. That run showed Winford had ended the season in good heart and trainer Andy Leung Ting-wah and new stable jockey Hughes have reason to be satisfied with his pre-season work. He has trialled well, worked encouragingly and has not disgraced himself at Happy Valley in the past. Winford and Genius, who tackles Electronic Zone in the final event, look two solid chances for the new duo. The 1,650 metres looks right for Winford at this stage and his inside draw will ensure that Hughes does not get into a logjam going out of the straight. This is a tricky start, but the Irish-born rider walked Happy Valley on Wednesday to familiarise himself with the track. In a full field, Winford makes strong appeal but does face challenges from topweight Picador and the well-graded Gold Crystal. Picador is not a noted first-up performer but trainer Lawrie Fownes is hopeful. 'He is in good shape as he is a robust type and we have put plenty of work into him. If he can get his own way in front he could be hard enough to beat,' said the trainer.