Treble-winning jockey Shane Dye was Hong Kong's pin-up boy for eight of the nine races yesterday but he crashed from angel to devil when the hot-favourite Tom's First failed to fire in the last at Sha Tin. Dye won on Nazakat II, Companion and Luckswell but an audible groan crossed the course as his final mount hit the ground two lengths behind the field and the $22 chance never looked a hope behind the Wong Tang-ping-trained Mascot Treasure (Vincent Sit). 'Really, the only time Tom's First has ever jumped and run early was last start when he won,' Dye explained. 'Every other time, he has been slow into stride. And today, when the gates opened, he just stood there. There was nothing I could do about it.' The race was held up briefly when All The Glory had to be released from the stalls and trotted around to satisfy the vets he was fit to start, but Dye would not blame that for the poor start of Tom's First. 'They all had to stand there while that happened, that wasn't the problem,' he said. The defeat in what was widely-anticipated as Dye's fourth win for the day took some of the gloss off an afternoon which was otherwise successful for the rider, who has moved into a clear third in the jockeys' championship. Half an hour earlier, Dye had taken the featured Peninsula Golden Jubilee Challenge Cup (2,000m) on Luckswell to wrap up his treble and give Alex Wong Siu-tan his second winner in five runners after the trainer had waited 116 runners for his first this season. 'That was a good win, he really fought hard for it,' Dye said of the young stayer. 'I noticed in his couple of races, Luckswell has wanted to do a few things wrong. Today, he didn't make any mistakes, he had a nice run and when he got to the outside at the 600 metres I could feel he was balanced up and all he wanted to do was race.' With the welcome change of luck in the stable, Wong was a happy man after the win and said Luckswell had been very unlucky not to give him a winner earlier. 'When he ran at Happy Valley last time, Eric Saint-Martin rode him and he had too much on his mind that night,' Wong pointed out. 'He ran in the last race on the night that the three horses fell in the second race, and Eric knew he was in trouble. Because of that, he was trying to be extra careful on Luckswell and the horse lost his position in the race. I don't blame Eric, but it was hard for him to ride a positive race when he was worrying about the fall. Shane gave him a very good ride today.' Dye's early winner, Nazakat II, was able to turn around his record of 17 starts without a placing when he won the Salisbury Handicap (1,600m) at his fourth run for trainer Francis Lui Kin-wai. Although at double figure odds, the win did not come as a complete surprise to either trainer of jockey. 'I rode him work the other day,' Dye said. 'He worked quite well and I said to Francis he didn't work like a horse on a rating of only nine. I felt he worked like a 30 or 40 horse. It was a weak race, but even after being penalised he will still be very low in the ratings and I would not be that surprised if he won again.' Lui said Nazakat II had raced fairly since joining the stable, but was probably the beneficiary of a class drop yesterday. 'They were all Class Five races, but when you look at the company he was racing in - the winners of those three races were Jade Ruyi, Country Dragon and Money Star, and they are not bad horses at all,' Lui explained. 'This was an easier race and he was fit.' While trainers' championship frontrunner David Hayes was hugely disappointed by the defeat of Tom's First, he took some comfort from the second win by Orlando Flyer (Dwayne Dunn) in the Second Mody Handicap. 'When he won the other day, it was a poor field and he got a dream ride so it was hard to know whether he had really turned the corner of not,' Hayes said. 'But this was a better field today and he won with authority again, so I'm confident now that he has come good. And a lovely cool ride from Dwayne, who is just riding my horses so well.' Dunn had the awkward choice of mounts between the favourite Orlando Flyer and the second elect, Favourite Express. Dunn jumped the right way and relegated Favourite Express to second. 'It was a tough choice but I felt Orlando Flyer had trained on just a bit better than Favourite Express from their last runs,' Dunn said. 'Favourite Express kept fighting back when I came at him today and just for a moment I was worried if I'd made the right choice.'