EXCITING Explorer (5-2 favourite) gave South African Basil Marcus his 71st winner of the season and wrapped up his successful jockeys' title defence as well as putting the seal on a great first campaign for former Singapore-based trainer, Ivan Allan. The aptly-named Explorer is definitely going places and became the first reclassified griffin to win in open company this season - doing so with such conviction that the future seems assured for the two-year-old son of Best Western. This was a Class four event but Explorer, officially in a class higher, shouldered 139 pounds to a 21/4-length win over Star Of Marble (7-2) who never looked like getting to him. Marcus, whose amazing achievement of turning an 18-winner deficit into a championship was the season's major talking point, sealed the title officially as it left Tony Cruz unable to garner enough winners even if he had ridden the remainder of the card. It was a back-to-back double for Allan, who had won the second event with unwanted Sun Crest (99-1), a relatively recent addition to the stable. Allan, who started the season quietly, stormed up the table in the second half and was challenging for the title by yesterday's final day. One key factor in Allan's huge success in his first campaign has been his griffins. He has had a tremendous strike rate in juvenile events and lines up next season with some lovely young horses destined to go places. One of these is unquestionably Explorer, who was landing his second success for the stable in three starts. He was always going easily for Marcus in this 1,600-metre event. And when Marcus popped the question the answer came quickly. Explorer cruised to the front and had the race won in a couple of strides. Real Sport (40-1) finished third for Robert Thompson but was never a winning chance while Intermac Supreme (16-1) faded for fourth. Super Bingo II (14-1) looked ready to make a race of it with Explorer when matching strides to the corner but he found nothing when let down by claimer Richard K. M. So. Sun Crest, at odds of 178-1, was the shock winner of the meeting and gave maximum claimer Peter Y. S. Wong his first winner. Undoubtedly, he enjoyed conditions underfoot and Wong did well to straighten him at least once when he wandered in the concluding stages before going on to a half-length win. The flop of the race was 5-2 favourite Heavily Armed who had won well over 1,200 metres at his first Hongkong start. He was never in a threatening position, eventually finishing 10th of 14. Wong Tang-ping's sprinter My Silvero (7-2) finished second, having looked a real winning chance until Sun Crest put in his claim. The Nigel Tiley-ridden Fighting Strike (20-1) finished third. The popular Tiley signed off his riding career with a winner when mud-loving grey Allez Au Bon (7-1) made it two wins in eight days. Stepped up to 2,000 metres, Allez Au Bon won the day's feature event, the Flyaway Cup, by 33/4 lengths. Tiley said: ''It's been a sad day in some ways as I am leaving Hongkong and quitting the saddle. But it's the perfect way to go out with a good winner and a trophy.''