DAVID Oughton can continue where he left off at Happy Valley on Wednesday evening by taking the second event with Love Not War (Nap) at tonight's atmospheric grass meeting under the lights at the city venue. Oughton's stable was as badly hit as any by the flu virus which ravaged Sha Tin during late November and December. Only now are the signs there that his horses are beginning to return to the kind of form they were in before the virus hit. He sent out 11 winners in the month leading up to the flu but has had only a handful in the three months since. The tide may now have turned for the accomplished English handler who sent out a double on Wednesday night via Third Time Lucky and Diamond Treasure. And the way Love Not War appears to have picked up in his work recently suggests another winner could well be on the way. Love Not War looked to work as well as, if not better than, he's done all season when galloping from the gates at the top of the back straight on Thursday morning. He is also very well handicapped on his best form of last season when he ran to a mark approaching 50 according to my private handicap when chasing home Double Happiness in a highly competitive Class Four event. He is no longer that kind of force but a measure of how well he is treated in current handicaps is that he is now competing from a lowly mark of 30 in Class Five. He has also been crying out for the mile trip which he gets for the first time this season. Two runs ago he came in for plenty of backing over 1,400 metres at Sha Tin for his first start back into Class Five but he found the trip too sharp behind Jade Signet. He was noted doing all his best work at the finish to run home fourth, having been done no favours when forced to challenge wide on the home turn. Since then he has had another start over 1,200 metres. It was seemingly a poor run as he came home only 12th of the 14 runners but, again, a close scrutiny of the video replay of the race shows him hitting the line strongly. He was simply tapped for speed in the early and middle stages of the race and could never get into that sprint contest won by Dong Win. Love Not War has shown a liking to the Valley in the past. He is a course winner and looks to have encountered a weak field. Good Health ran well last time and is another who should benefit from the move to a mile, the way he has been battling to the line over short trips. Let It Be has shown his best form on equitrack but he is now back into the right class. New Pegasus will benefit from the step up in distance and is one to include in quinella and tierce wagers with Love Not War. Right Stuff, who has come back from a break working well, and Karaoke, look best of the others. The opening event looks to be a straight match between Ivan Allan's Allocate and Peter Ng Bik-kuen's Orchestra (Next Best). Both were desperately unlucky not to win their last starts though for contrasting reasons. Allocate appeared to lose his footing as the gates opened, missing the start by a good three or four lengths in an equitrack sprint over 1,030 metres. He was then given a fantastic ride by Basil Marcus to fail by just a head to peg back King's Flair. Orchestra was ridden back for some reason in his dash round the equitrack but is likely to be up at the head of affairs under Tony Cruz this afternoon. The slight preference is for Orchestra now that Cruz takes over on the out-and-out sprinter. But he is in for a real head-to-head with Basil Marcus who revels in these occasions especially round the Valley which he rides so well. A single quinella on these two horses is very much advised.