A stunning delayed debut from Lion's Share (5-2 favourite) brightened a drab Sha Tin all-weather card last night and gave Douglas Whyte another important winner in his quest for the championship. There were audible gasps from the Sha Tin faithful when the Tony Cruz-trained International Sales Griffin unleashed a devastating winning run from about 300 metres out in the fifth event. Those taking the shortish odds on the four-year-old had every reason to be deeply concerned at the 600-metre mark when Whyte was worse than midfield and close to the inside rail. The South African ace edged Lion's Share wide and swung for home, standing the tearaway leader, Monopoly Senior (7-1), up about 12 lengths. In the short run-in on the dirt, it is a lot of ground to make up, but Lion's Share simply flew over the surface to reel in Monopoly Senior and Splendid Timing (35-1) to win going away by a length and a quarter over the 1,150-metre dash. It was a dramatic performance and Cruz clearly has plenty to work with, although the Leo Castelli gelding has temperament problems. But he has plenty of raw ability and Cruz looks sure to pick up good races with this one. Whyte said: 'There was never any question of us getting to the front. He is not that type anyway and there was too much speed in this race. To that extent, it was going to be a worry but he had trialled very well and Tony had him really right for the race.' The Whyte and Marcus title battle is likely to be the consuming topic between now and the end of the season. Whyte was on target earlier in the programme when Flowers Treasure (2-1 favourite) won the featured Kowloon Cricket Club Challenge Cup by a cosy length and three-quarters from Happy Boy (10-1). There was a speed battle up front in the Class Two, 1,150-metre dash but Whyte sidled into it out wide and quickly put the issue beyond doubt. But Marcus will battle to the finish because 'quit' is not a word in his vocabulary and he bounced back in the fourth event when 5-1 favourite Bounty rediscovered his all-weather form with a vengeance. In fact, ageing Bounty used to be an equitrack freak but clearly likes the new synthetic surface and was kept right up to the mark by the defending champion who went on to win the Class Five, 1,650-metre event by two and a half lengths. The last time he was on the Sha Tin dirt Eric Legrix notched up a career-best five-timer, but he had to be content with a highly satisfactory double last night when Lyphard's Lad (6-1) made a one-act affair of the sixth event and smart Tequila Pop (5-2 favourite) followed up in the nightcap. Both horses were prepared by retaining trainer Patrick Biancone and gave the opposition in their respective races no chance whatsoever. The sixth race had looked a fairly competitive Class Four event over 1,800 metres with Golden Double (4-1 favourite), Golden Phoenix (5-1) and plunge horse Goodwill (13-1 to 7-1) all strongly supported. In the end Lyphard's Lad ran right away from them, quickly nailing Midas Touch (20-1) and going on to record a five-and-a-half lengths win. It was an impressive effort. There was an avalanche of support for Tequila Pop and the former griffin star let nobody down. He coasted in the run and posted a staggering six-and-a-half lengths victory in the Class Two, 1,650-metre event with Northern Fire Ball (10-1) finishing second.