Champion trainer Ivan Allan can start the Year of the Tiger as he finished the old one with a resounding success at Sha Tin today - this time in the Centenary Vase. Allan, who wound up affairs at Sha Tin in the Year of the Ox with a four-timer, tackles the Vase with both topweight Indigenous and Horse of the Year, Privilege. It is a very strong two-handed attack but after his smashing success in the San Miguel Silver Tankard it is hard not to believe that Indigenous will be the one from the stable that ultimately matters more. But Privilege definitely gets a trip that will suit him much better and he was just two lengths adrift of his stablemate in the Silver Tankard where the 1,600 metres would not have been in his favour. The overall feeling is that the mighty Privilege may have lost his edge. He has run honest races again this season but success has not come his way even over his most favoured distances. Indigenous, on the other hand, appears to have blossomed under Allan's care and his superb win in the Silver Tankard strongly suggests he has never been in better shape. The Silver Tankard went his way with a short-head verdict over Che Sara Sara, who was ridden more on the pace with tactics that deserved ultimate success. It is a measure of Indigenous and his abilities that he was able to come from near last to run down the admirable Che Sara Sara. Weight is clearly a factor. On actual poundage, Indigenous must carry two pounds more today but is giving away significant weight to horses that were close to him last time - notably his stablemate and also the seemingly rejuvenated Deauville. Interestingly, too, Allan has engaged Felix Coetzee for Privilege and this is the ideal choice. It is not in dispute that Privilege has always run his best races from in front and there is no better jockey than Coetzee when it comes to judging pace from in front. He is a past master at it and if Privilege can get to the lead in this small field of eight, we could have a most interesting contest. Indigenous' chances must be assessed as the added weight being mitigated against the longer trip which is undoubtedly in his favour. He is definitely the one to beat, but he is not infallible. Deauville put in easily his best run of the campaign last time and it undoubtedly pleased both jockey Douglas Whyte and trainer Tony Cruz. Deauville can clearly have come on from that - a point made by the jockey. 'He had improved a lot prior to his last race and it was the first time we had been able to give him a decent preparation. That showed and I would be hopeful that he can go right on from that,' said Whyte. Deauville is the possible joker in the pack. On some of the form he showed last season, he would be a real chance but there is always a risk backing horses that have had wind problems and operations to correct them. But it was a top effort last time. Overnight rain would clearly enhance the chances of Mazal. He is a most honest type and has also run decent races on top of the ground but is definitely at his best when there is a bit of cut - the more the better, in fact. It may also rain on the day, of course, so it may be best to wait and see what conditions are like before including Mazal. The rest of the small field are basically out of it. On what they have done to date and the handicap, horses like Sky Coast, Keen Talent and Fortissimo cannot beat top chances Indigenous, Privilege and Deauville. In fact, this intriguing contest might well be one for the handicapper - first, second and third across the line according to the saddlecloth numbers.