DEFENDING champion jockey Basil Marcus was full of fighting talk after a 241/2-1 double at Happy Valley last night. Marcus moved on to 49 winners for the season following his successes on Ivan Allan's classy recruit Wonderful Moment in the featured Happy Valley Vase and retaining trainer David Hill's Winged Foot in the last. Despite being 10 winners behind Tony Cruz in their battle at the top of the jockey standings, Marcus said: ''I'm the biggest and best outsider in Hongkong. I believe I can still defend my title.'' Marcus has 13 meetings left in which to close the gap and he can rest assured of plenty of support from Hill and Allan who are both still in with a big shout in the trainers' title. Winged Foot took Hill to 30 and left him only one behind pace-setting John Moore. Allan, the former multiple champion of Malaysia and Singapore is the dark horse in the race for training honours. He is now on 26 winners. Wonderful Moment stamped himself as a possible Derby candidate for next season when holding stablemate So Easy by a length and a quarter in the Vase. Marcus went on: ''He's a good little horse who could well be up to Derby standard next season. He should stay the 1,800 metres of the Derby as he relaxes well in his races. ''I did say last time that I thought he was unlucky not to beat Flirting Dancer, when he was trapped wide and on his wrong leg the whole of the way round the bend at Sha Tin.'' Patrick Biancone's Flirting Dancer was the disappointment of the race this time round. Backed down to 9-5 favouritism, he could only stay on at one pace for third, a further two and three-quarter lengths away. He had to be switched at the top of the straight but it made no material difference to the result. A substantial gamble went astray in the opener on Lam Hung-fie's Turf Apex who was forced down to 5-2 favourite for his belated seasonal reappearance. He could only stay on at one pace for third as Aubade held Humdinger in a driving finish to give Derek Cruz a welcome winner. John Moore let it be known that he intends to fight all the way to the line for his title when his Sunningdale got away with the second from the heavily-backed Win Again. John Marshall's roll continued when the Geoff Lane-trained Beat Them Up showed the benefit of a step up in distance to take the 2,400-metre fourth event a shade comfortably from Freedom Reigns. Darren Beadman had to give up his rides after this event. He was troubled with chest pains after riding Dragons Desert who pulled hard during the early stages which were run at a slow pace. Gary Ng Ting-keung's good season continued when he sent out the quinella in the fifth, the fancied Sky Eagle prevailing from the improving Royal Blue.