Tony Cruz ended a frustrating run of minor placings by taking the featured Lusitano Challenge Cup at chilly Sha Tin last night to move back to the top of the trainers' championship table. Cruz had chalked up 33 races without success before stable jockey Eric Saint-Martin swooped on topweight Medic Pearl (6-1) to take the trophy race. For good measure, Cruz provided the quinella with the Douglas Whyte-ridden Danetop (18-1) chasing the winner home. It was a fitting return to the winner's enclosure for Cruz as the Lusitano Cup is symbolic of the Portuguese community's long association with racing in Hong Kong. The trophy has been around, in one form or another, for over 130 years. Cruz moved back on level terms with David Hayes and Saint-Martin, also not quite as prolific lately, maintained his cosy lead over defending champion Basil Marcus, who had taken the opening event on Winwin Combination for Peter Ho. While Cruz took the feature, it was colleague Andy T. W. Leung who took major honours with a double - providing Philip C. T. Cheng with the second win of his short career. Bottomweight Just Aqua (16-1) simply gobbled up the all-weather surface in the closing stages of a Class Three, 1,800-metre event to cut down Honey Wind (7-1) and win by a crushing four lengths. Leung was back half an hour later to lead in Winning Express (6-1), this time with stable jockey Brett Doyle doing the honours. They easily took the Class Four short sprint on the dirt from Forever Prosperous (7-1) but hopes of a treble for Leung and a double for Doyle died when Genius never posed any threat in the feature event won so readily by Medic Pearl. The nightcap produced a shock when female claimer Willy W. Y. Kan made all in the Classes One and Two, 1,800-metre event on Hornet (10-1), who has become a real star of the Brian Kan Ping-chee stable. There was a pre-race shock when early favourite Championship was withdrawn and favouritism fluctuated between bottomweight Commander Charlie (7-2) and Man Of Honour (7-2 favourite). Hornet held on readily by a half-length from late-finishing Cream (8-1) and Man Of Honour, with Commander Charlie fourth in a run that is likely to bring his Derby aspirations to an end. Commander Charlie flew down the outside and looked a half-chance, but the winner showed no sign of weakening and held on well. Man Of Honour, on the inside, got clear late while stablemate Cream might also have been a little unlucky in a race that had its share of incidents and hard luck stories. It is only a matter of months since John C. W. Mok had his first winner, but the young apprentice has come on in leaps and bounds since then and rides with an assurance these days that belies his lack of experience. Mok struck again - as he does on most days - in the second event when Good Time For All (9-1) handily accounted for a Class Four field, although he was not favourably drawn in barrier 10. The Alex Wong Yu-on galloper had shown up two starts back and worked well, so the win was not a shock. He accounted for surprise package Skystone (20-1), who showed plenty of dash for out-of-luck French ace Gerald Mosse. Skystone gave a good sight but Good Time For All was much too strong in the run home and scored by two lengths with 45-1 chance High Degree raising a few eyebrows with a top run for third place. Trainer Gary Ng Ting-keung must be absolutely delighted that British champion jockey Kieren Fallon decided to come to Hong Kong for the winter. The pair have linked up on numerous occasions over the past two months and Ng has certainly benefited considerably. Fallon struck again in the third event when his powerful riding style was seen to full advantage on moderate performer Ultra Tension (6-1), who took the Class Five, 1,800-metre event by three parts of a length from 9-2 favourite Ascot Hero. There aren't many stars in Class Five and most need persuading to do what passes for their best and Fallon was the man for the job on this fellow. He burst from the pack at the 150 metres and gave Ultra Tension no chance to shirk. Crown Shift (8-1) finished third without exciting too many, while Good Putt (6-1) disappointed.