MERCURIAL French jockey Eric Saint-Martin stole the riding honours again yesterday with a consummate Sha Tin double for his former retaining trainer Peter Ho. The Arc de Triomphe-winning rider took the sixth event with a super cool display on Ho's improving Ambitious before his tactical acumen allowed Handbag Dragon to lift the penultimate contest, the Chinese Recreation Club Challenge Cup, on the 10-race card. Yesterday's brace of winners followed hard on the heels of Saint-Martin's Wednesday night double at Happy Valley, where he showed they can be ridden patiently over both the minimum sprint trip of 1,000 metres as well as over 2,200 metres. Yesterday, Saint-Martin had the nerve to do little more than push out Ambitious for a head success over topweight Monards, despite champion jockey Robbie Fradd throwing everything - and then a little bit more - at the improving runner-up. On Handbag Dragon, Saint-Martin had another trick up his Gallic sleeve. Handbag Dragon had drawn barrier one in his dash down the Sha Tin straight. With the winners and placegetters mainly coming down the centre of the track, or even wider out, Saint-Martin soon had his mount away from the rail and racing with the main field as the jockeys went in search of the best ground. 'I thought that was the best thing to do given the way the track was riding,' explained Saint-Martin after racing. 'The problem was that this horse, incredibly, still rides like he's inexperienced and green and was weaving around with me, drifting first one way and then another. I also probably got to the front too soon on him but fortunately he kept going and held on. 'The one thing in his favour is that he does like racing down the straight. The drop into Class Two also helped. He's struggled up in Class One and this was a much more suitable contest for him.' Handbag Dragon prevailed by a neck from Kimber who, surprisingly given the general pattern to the day's racing, held down the quinella spot from barrier two. There was a further neck back to the more fancied Success Magic but the Tony Millard-trained Romantic Symphony found the rise in grade beyond him, weakening out of contention to run seventh of the 14 runners. Romantic Symphony did his cause no favours by missing the kick. Kimber is worth following as he went firmly into the notebook two starts ago, when also attracting the stewards' attention, and yesterday he raced by himself on the far rail. Ambitious kept finding for Saint-Martin in the sixth and the Frenchman had the temerity to ride him out using little more than hands and heels. 'I managed to find a bit of cover on him and that helped,' added Saint-Martin. 'I don't think he's any star or anything like that but he might improve a bit more over farther than this 1,400 metres. He gave me the impression that there was a bit more stamina there if I had needed it.' Saint-Martin is currently on a Club jockey contract until after the Derby when he will then almost certainly apply for an extension. Yesterday's double took him to eight winners for the season - a campaign which is proving different to last term. 'It's good being a Club jockey, better in many ways,' said Saint-Martin. 'But you have to make adjustments, too. You have to ride plenty of slow work on the small track for everyone. It's not ideal [for a senior jockey] but everyone else does it so it has to be done if you want the rides.' The day's best event, the Class One finale over a mile, saw a poignant victory for the Derek Cruz-trained Brilliant Way under apprentice Howard Y. T. Cheng. The grey was the last winner the late apprentice Philip C. T. Cheng rode prior to his tragic fall from For My Wishes. Local training legend Brian Kan Ping-chee cemented his position at the top of the standings when Winning Supreme nosed out Diamond Talents in the seventh event. Kan is now on 11 winners, three clear of Millard and David Hayes with Ho closing to one behind them.