Frederic Sanchez plans to make the most of his time in Hong Kong. At Sha Tin yesterday, the enigmatic French jockey went a long way to achieving his aim by riding a glorious double. Sanchez returns to France when his Club contract expires at the Sha Tin meeting on January 29 and was at his confident best on the David Oughton-trained Espresso (8-1) in the sixth. He completed his two-timer when Manor Star (6.4-1) arrived in the very last stride in the penultimate event. 'It has been a great experience to ride in Hong Kong and it's good to finally get back in the winner's circle,' said Sanchez, who last tasted success on Highland Legend for Peter Chapple-Hyam back on November 21. 'I think I still have more to come and I'll be working very hard in the next month. 'Things haven't really worked out as well as I had hoped when I first came here, but racing is a game in which you learn to take the good with the bad.' Sanchez looked to have a stellar season ahead of him when he signed as stable jockey for high-flying compatriot Patrick Biancone. But when the master French trainer was suspended on a doping charge in the opening weeks of the campaign, Sanchez's stocks plummeted. The Club granted him a four-month temporary licence but he has struggled to get quality rides. Yesterday's double took his tally to eight, with a win percentage of just over five, and that is simply not good enough to survive at the sharp end in Hong Kong. But his ride on Espresso was as confident a display as you will see. Sanchez parked the five-year-old outside the leader before taking over soon after turning for the judge to score without putting the whip to use. It was a vastly different story with the David Hill-trained Manor Star, who had to shift off heels at a crucial stage in the straight before scoring by a head. Hill was delighted with the performance, albeit slightly nerve-wracking, and predicts a bright future for the three-year-old American-bred. 'I've always known he had a lot of ability but his lack of concentration in races had concerned me,' Hill said. 'That was the reason I decided to go for the blinkers and I'm glad they did the job.' Elsewhere, the heavily supported Cool Strike (2.2-1 favourite) snapped a lean spell for the talented pairing of English pilot Brett Doyle and local mentor Andy Leung Ting-wah in the Class Five second event. Again it was the first-time application of blinkers that proved the key as the four-year-old delivered on some promising form to break his maiden tag at his 10th trip to the races. Lightweight ace Doyle landed the perfect trail from his wide gate (nine) and, despite racing freely throughout, drew clear of the chasers halfway down the run in to score with plenty up his sleeve. Sparko (13-1) sustained a long run to snatch second from long-time pacemaker Energy Power (5.4-1).