Cuban rum and high-kicking dancers brought little relief to hard-pressed punters who watched a depressing string of favourites again flop at Happy Valley last night. The Jockey Club's Enchanting Race Night promotion may well have been a commendable effort but there are going to be even fewer punters around at the city track if it is so obviously near impossible to win. Only Douglas Whyte brought a moderate measure of relief to punters in the Class Two longer sprint, which was the fifth event on the midweek card. South China Way (5-2 favourite) ran out a comfortable winner over Celestial Chief (7-2) but for many the damage had already been done and the trek to the exits had already begun. Trainer Tony Cruz moved to the top of the table with a big-priced double and found it hard to explain how Silver Power managed to win the second race. High Degree (18-1) had one third placing from 11 starts before Felix Coetzee got him home in the Class Five sixth event. This was slightly easier to understand as Coetzee, an intelligent rider who will take full advantage of any opportunity, was tucked in behind front-running Manley's Fortune (7-1) and had a lovely trail all the way round in the 1,800-metre event. He won by a head with topweight Chief's Fortune (5-1) back in third spot. Some punters may well have succumbed to the temptations of the available Cuban rum but their heads this morning may not be as sore as that of Wind Catcher (18-1), who reared when the gates opened and gave the crosstrees a fearful crack. It is said that fortune favours the brave and claimer Vincent S.K. Sit, with a sterling disregard for life and limb, ploughed a hair-raising course along the rail in the third event to notch a well-earned victory on the 9-1 chance, No Competitor. Without diving into the video library, it is probably fair to say that no jockey so far this season has managed such an amazing run along the rails but Sit did it and gained a just reward. It was decidedly dicey in the final 50 metres when he managed to get the winner through on the inside of Mr Strong (10-1) with Glen Boss aboard. It is doubtful if Boss knew what was there until Sit was in the gap, which was just about wide enough for a Mongolian pony. But taking chances and gaps can be what it's all about and few would begrudge Sit his success. Mr Strong was a quite well-beaten second in the longer Class Five sprint and favourite punters were again flattened when Core Principles flopped. Flu-ridden Kieren Fallon was ruled out of the meeting and while an ill wind may have contributed to the British champion's condition, it certainly worked in favour of French jockey Eric Saint-Martin. He took over from the indisposed Fallon in the Class Four opening event and sailed home down the outside on Braveheart (9-1) to grab a one-length win in the 1,650-metre event from topweight Cavalo (9-2). It was a tidy win for trainer David Oughton and popular banker Ron Carstairs but hopes of a double for the two in the second event were dashed when Botany Bay (5-1) raised few cheers in a Class Four, 1,650-metre event which went readily to 35-1 frontrunner Silver Power, with claimer Patrick C.H. Tse doing the riding honours. Arrectis Auribis (5-1) finished second without ever threatening and punters were left afresh to reflect on the wisdom of putting in frontrunners even if the form is minimal - or nil as was the case with Silver Power in his first three runs of the season. Trainer Brian Kan Ping-chee edged to within one win of the magical 700-winner mark when Floral Joy (8-1), with Jimmy K.H. Ting up, took the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce Cup. Floral Joy made all to win comfortably from topweight and favourite Fortune Dancer (5-1) in the Class Three trophy event over 1,650 metres. The nightcap went to the John Moore-trained All Win (7-2) after the best finish of the night. Robbie Fradd and Eric Legrix on American Champion (8-1) were locked together across the line and, after a five-minute wait, the camera gave it to All Win.