CLUB Jockey Johnny Marshall can get back among the winners with Clever Witness from the in-form Geoff Lane stable in the fifth event at Sha Tin this afternoon. Marshall, the former champion jockey of Sydney, has fallen victim this season to the changing face of local racing which has rendered the Club jockey position far less attractive than in previous campaigns. Virtually all the big stables now have retained riders and these are the stables that send out most of the winners. The situation has meant that decent rides have been thin on the ground for Marshall despite the fact that he can more than hold his own with any rider in the territory. That was underlined in last weekend's Derby where his ride on Optic Empire was the best in the race. He never left the fence until producing his mount with 200 metres to go. Unfortunately Optic Empire was not good enough. Marshall enjoyed a far different passage on Clever Witness last time. The lightly-raced New Zealand import was drawn out in barrier 13 of the 14 runners in the 1,200-metre event won by Super Fit. Clever Witness, racing for the first time in about a year, was trapped wide all the way yet still managed to come there in the closing stages looking all over the winner. But the lack of a recent run and the extra ground he was forced to cover from his impossibly wide draw took their toll in the shadows of the post. He eventually weakened to finish three-quarters of a length third, pipped for second by Owner's Dream in the last couple of strides. Since then Clever Witness has trained on really well. Lane and Marshall have combined well together to put some searching gallops into him. He particularly impressed in work on the grass on Tuesday morning and he is strongly fancied to show a good deal of improvement this afternoon. With a number of likely dangers in the field, Clever Witness should also start at reasonable odds. Neville Begg's horses having been running better of late. He moved onto nine winners for the season when Local Colour obliged on Wednesday night and his Star Of Lihlin ran a cracking race behind Fastabob last time out. Star Of Lihlin was held up for a run about 300 metres before making up good ground to claim the quinella spot. He had also been travelling really well the time before that in the sprint race won by Helene Star only to swing for home exceptionally wide, losing all possible chance of running a place. He should be one of the first quinella considerations. Innovation also put in a top run last time out for his in-form trainer and jockey, Lawrie Fownes and Darren Gauci. He travelled smoothly off the pace before looking dangerous in the straight only to eventually finish fourth to Wonderful World in a betterrace than this. He, too, must be respected. David Oughton's confirmed stayer Farishta looks the one to be on in the day's final event. Farishta was reappearing after a lengthy absence last time and almost certainly needed the run when staying on really well to be fifth to Our Pal over 1,800 metres at Sha Tin. That was Farishta's first run since the beginning of the season. He will benefit from the outing and also from the move to 2,000 metres. His stable has not been in particularly good form since the virus but this does look to be his race. Silver Freighter ran fourth in Our Pal's race but meets Farishta 10lb worse terms having since won well over 2,230 metres at Happy Valley. Most Delighted also merits respect. He won well last time out, has progressed at the track since and should also appreciate every yard of the trip.