TRAINER Ivan Allan has had a great first season in Hongkong and remains an outside chance to win the championship, although leader John Moore could tonight take another stride towards retaining the crown. The internationally-known Allan has added expertise and real interest to the local scene, not least by setting punters guessing games when declaring horses for races. As is the case with the Cricket Club Valley Stakes tonight, he has frequently put three runners in for one event - with sometimes the whole trio having some sort of a hope. As a result, the head-scratching public don't know which way to go, particularly as the astute Singaporean has frequently landed big-priced stable quinellas. It's all spice to the game and his decision to start topweight Active King, speedy All-Winners and enigmatic Duet Danseurs in tonight's feature race does add plenty of interest to the 10-runner event. Active King won solidly over the longer Valley sprint at his second Hongkong outing for Basil Marcus and was then odds-on to repeat the effort over 1,200 metres at Sha Tin last time. But he had to settle for second to the excellent Bayview Boy, coming from off the pace to challenge late on. It was a reasonably sustained challenge although there was just the suggestion that Active King was getting his head up under pressure close home. He has now drawn in barrier two and comes back sharply to the minimum trip of 975 metres which may not be completely suitable for him. He did show plenty of pace first-up for Frankie F. C. Lor but that was over 1,400 metres. There is a world of difference setting the pace over that trip and being involved in the helter-skelter of a Valley short sprint. Interestingly, All-Winners, with Greg Childs up, has drawn next to his stablemate and he is one who can really scamper along. He was just touched off by stablemate Accolade over 1,030 metres on equitrack three starts back and then hit the front over the longer Valley sprint last time before knocking up slightly to finish three lengths off easy winner Winged Foot. All-Winners had been a disappointing type before moving to Allan but he has certainly woken up since and must be conceded a solid chance in this sprint. Lor partners Duet Danseurs, who ran several excellent races for Bruce Hutchison before transfer but did little, course and distance, for his new trainer last time. Duet Danseurs is a moody, unpredictable individual but he has won over this trip and he should not be totally discarded. On paper he is the outsider of the Allan-trained trio - but he is not necessarily the worst. Trainer Wong Tang-ping starts New Zealand import My Silvero for the first time this season and he could really give this race a shake. But he has not started in virtually a year which raises some doubts, although he was seen to work excellently at Sha Tin on Monday morning, suggesting he is going to be in good shape for his belated seasonal debut. He was gambled on late last season when ridden by Danny Brereton and fluently hit the front in a 1,200-metre Sha Tin event before eventually going under - still battling - to Continuous Win and Happy Money. That form is essentially very solid and he has also won over 1,000 metres in New Zealand in good time and by five lengths. He is jumping here from mid-field and is partnered by Tony Cruz who would surely be looking for an extra winner or two before he starts a three-meeting suspension at the weekend. It is impossible to label My Silvero as an out-and-out good bet - particularly as he will almost certainly be under the odds with Cruz aboard - but he does have ability and he will be thereabouts. Jackie C. K. Tse got a very welcome winner at Sha Tin on Saturday night when Radiant Sun grabbed Beyond Control in the shadows of the post and he will be hoping for a repeat performance from Bambi tonight. The lightly-raced Australian three-year-old has had only two Hongkong starts and ran most encouragingly at huge odds at his last start when snatching second on the line behind favourite Make It Happen over this trip. Bambi was a long way out of his ground in the early stages of that race and really began his move when the race was all but over. He finished a length-and-a-half from the winner and, on that run, is entitled to plenty of respect here. Bambi had only one start in his native Australia, winning over 1,200 metres so he is entitled to plenty of respect in this event although he may end up being more effective over slightly longer. Silent Majority is a last-start winner over the minimum equitrack trip but has run solid races over the short sprint on the Valley turf. Declan Murphy takes the ride for trainer David Oughton but must overcome a bad barrier draw and looks a modest tierce chance at best. Monkey Saint reverts to the minimum trip here after two very ordinary runs. When last produced over 975 metres he finished fourth for Alan Munro and tonight has the services of claimer Simon H. K. Yim, and is unlikely to provide the lad with his first winner.