Ivan Allan appears to have the two leading chances in tonight's PCCW Cup with slight preference for Man Of Honour, who may be better value in the market than his stable companion Cliffhanger. Man Of Honour has struck some highly impressive form late in the season, starting in the Queen's Jubilee Cup when he trounced a high-quality field by five lengths. There is no doubt the condition of the track played a major role in that victory, but the son of Marju has since run two highly respectable races in similar events. His second placing in the Champions Mile was outstanding when considering he was not suited by the sedate tempo set by the winner Red Pepper, and he followed that up with a game fourth over an unsuitable 1,000 metres in the Sha Tin Vase, where he was on the wrong side of the track and was disadvantaged more than the beaten margin of 1.25 lengths. The improved form has coincided with Howard Cheng's booking for Man Of Honour and with the former apprentice back on board today punters have a good deal in their favour. On top of that, if the rain does persist, Man Of Honour will be very hard to beat as he is several lengths better on a rain-affected track. English import Cliffhanger has performed admirably at the highest level since arriving in Hong Kong, and the slightly easier competition today gives him a solid chance of notching his first local victory. He was more than a shade unlucky last time when he was intimidated by Our Class in the concluding stages of the Sha Tin Vase and, with a clear run to the line, probably would have won. Allan has opted to apply the blinkers today, and the gear change could be the edge he is looking for. However, he has travelled quite keenly in the past and it will take all of Eric Saint-Martin's skill to have him settled in a manner to ensure he will see out the 1,400-metre trip. A quinella on the Allan pair does appear to be a good option. The interesting runner in the field is David Hayes' Valuate, who was in need of the run on his debut and is now stepping up to a more suitable trip. He has trimmed down 17 pounds in bodyweight since his first run and has been catching the eye in his recent work. He is racing out of the handicap but is open to considerable improvement and should be kept safe. David Oughton's Made To Figure is racing over his pet trip, having clocked one minute 21.4 seconds in one of his four wins at the distance. He is well suited to the handicap conditions and will find this an easier test. Tony Cruz is double-handed with Danzighill and Danswinner, who both have claims to run in the frame. It appears that Cruz may have opted to claim with Patrick Tse in order to bring Danswinner back into the handicap and, with his good barrier, he should get a good run through the race. This will be his toughest test to date, and there are slight concerns whether he has the quality to mix it with some of these. Danzighill is a genuine sort who is never far away and he should figure in the finish again. The value chance is Tony Millard's Citizen Kane, who could prove hard to catch out on the lead and should appreciate the drop in class. Of the rest, Best Of The Best is going to struggle from a wide gate over this trip and it is hard to get enthusiastic about his chances, while Sun Shine River has just lost his form late in the season. Earlier in the day, Robbie Fradd, fresh from a treble in midweek, has a great chance to land the opening two griffin events with Ocean Across and Snippedydooda for Ricky Yiu Poon-fie and Bruce Hutchison respectively. The overall depth in the griffin events has deteriorated recently with griffin winners promoted out of the specialist class. Ocean Across and Snippedydooda have displayed potential in their short careers, and both should prove hard to beat.