The French connection came to the fore at Sha Tin yesterday as Eric Saint-Martin and Eric Legrix took four of the first six races between them. And tierce punters in the second race got a free tip when Legrix (Shining Gem) won the race, Saint-Martin (Universal Star) finished third, and fellow Frenchman Gerald Mosse split them on a horse called - French Connection. Saint-Martin gave trainer Tony Cruz a light-hearted peck on the cheek after completing his double on the Cruz-trained Eastern Magnate in race six - his first ride for the stable in two years and the wrong winning half of the stable quinella as far as punters were concerned. 'I was Tony's stable jockey and we had a disagreement at that time and I haven't had a ride for him since,' said Saint-Martin, who was called up in the absence of suspended stable jockey Felix Coetzee. 'But Tony has showed that he is a real gentleman. We have forgotten our differences and it's great to win for him. Actually, he asked me to ride St Alann for him in the race but I couldn't do the light weight, so he asked if I would ride Eastern Magnate instead. 'I won on this one but perhaps if I had ridden St Alann, he might have won.' Shorter-priced St Alann, who was ridden by apprentice Way Leung, had no luck in the straight and should have scored instead of finishing a head second. Earlier, Saint-Martin had shocked punters as he won the opening race on 43-1 chance Fairway Finder for John Moore. But the Frenchman will take winners at any price, having applied for an extension to his three-month licence. Legrix moved into double figures for the season and into the top five in the jockeys' table with wins on Shining Gem for Geoff Lane and Highlight for Peter Ho in successive races. Promising Shining Gem had hugged the rail throughout to win his previous run but made it two successes from five starts when he stormed down the outer to win again over 1,400 metres. Lane said the gelding was relaxing in his races now and gave every indication he would stretch his talent over longer distances. Tom's First was a much shorter price than some of the others have been, but he became yet another horse this season to 'jump out of the ground' with the application of blinkers. A debut winner down the straight as a griffin, Tom's First had been beaten in his two starts this season but was never in any danger yesterday at his first run in the gear. 'That was impressive - that's the horse I thought he was when he won last season at his debut,' said trainer David Hayes, who later wrapped up a double with Super Molly. Shane Dye was aboard both of Hayes' winners and surprised by going straight to the front on Tom's First, after the three-year-old had been ridden back at his previous outings. 'We gave Shane two sets of instructions,' said Hayes, now back in a clear lead in the trainers standings with 17 winners. 'If Tom's First jumped well today with the blinkers, I told him to go forward, but if he jumped slowly I was quite happy to see him settled at the back. As it turned out, he won the start and that was quite impressive.' Apprentice Vincent Sit was not holding back when the seven-year-old Kimber managed his first win on the all-weather surface in the 1,200-metre event. Sit punched the air as Kimber hit the line to give the rider his first success of the season and trainer Francis Lui Kin-wai his 16th as he kept the pressure on David Hayes in the title race. Kimber was at long odds, but Lui said he was not surprised by the success. 'Kimber has only ever had one or two races on the all-weather, but he has always worked on it and trialled on it and has always handled the track,' he said. 'Perhaps now he is an older horse, he will appreciate it a little bit more. But I think the most important thing for him today was that he was on the outside. In his last couple of runs he has been inside horses and I think he has been frightened. Today Vincent brought him down the outside and he was more comfortable.' Champion trainer Brian Kan Ping-chee has been invited to this month's All China Games as a VIP spectator and celebrated with another win by Mr Basketball in the seventh race. It was Mr Basketball's second all-weather win from his three starts since joining the Kan stable this season. Jimmy Ting was aboard, as he has been for Kan's previous three winners this season. 'I have only had four wins but I have had 14 seconds this season, too,' Kan said of his slow start to the championship defence. Hopefully, Kan will have more luck with Mr Basketball than with Common Place, his Happy Valley winner on Wednesday night. The four-year-old was moved yesterday to Ricky Yiu Poon-fie by owners Mr and Mrs Yau Tim, along with their other horse Horoscope.