Jockey Robbie Fradd was full of birthday surprises at last night's all-weather meeting at Sha Tin with a winning treble that could so easily have been five victories with an ounce of luck. 'I guess I could have won five if everything had gone my way tonight but three is great,' Fradd said after celebrating his birthday a day late at one of the Jockey Club's rare all-dirt fixtures. After wins on Landlord and By Instinct, Fradd's mount Devon Elite wrapped up the treble in the Ngong Ping Handicap, and provided one of the night's highlights by knocking the 1,200 metre course record into a new shape. From only a handful of races since the distance was switched from 1,150m this season, the track record stood at 1:10.2, but the Argentinian-bred Devon Elite took 0.7 seconds off that in spreadeagling the Class Four field. 'I was not too surprised at how he won,' Fradd said. 'He is learning each time he runs and he was better at the start again tonight. Last time, two managed to drive up underneath him and keep him away from the rail and he was a bit green, running out with me in the straight. Tonight, from the good draw and jumping better, he got straight to the front and enjoyed having the fence.' Devon Elite completed a double for trainer Tony Millard, who paired with Fradd in winning the opening race with Landlord, but that result seemed more of a birthday surprise than an expected gift. 'Well, the owner is in Beijing, but it's always nice to win a race,' was Millard's cryptic comment. 'These things happen in racing.' And if Landlord's win was unexpected, Fradd's other birthday surprise was having the ride on Gary Ng Ting-keung's By Instinct at all. While Fradd was representing Hong Kong in Japan last weekend, he was hoping to ride Iliketosmile for Wong Tang-ping in the Pui O Handicap, a horse he had partnered two starts back. 'Anyway, they booked Weichong Marwing and when I got back to Hong Kong I found Gary had put me down on By Instinct,' he said. 'The horse has run a couple of decent races on the turf, but he is just another example of how much better some of these American-bred horses are on the dirt. He was pretty impressive.' Millard and Fradd had a double together but their two other pairings, Jokers Wild and Equikit, were beaten by bad luck. Jokers Wild drew the outside of the 14-strong field in Fan Lau Handicap and while he had been able to cross and win from the same gate recently on the turf, he found more opposition for the front last night. 'That first turn killed me,' Fradd said ruefully. 'When I got over, I was able to give him a breather in the back but the damage was done. On the turn, I thought my best option was to let him run and set up a break.' It was a tactic which went close to paying a winning dividend as Jokers Wild skipped clear of the body of the field and it was left to just Arrogance (Douglas Whyte) to give chase. 'He travelled beautifully in the run but when Robbie's horse got away like that on straightening, I had some work to do,' said Whyte. 'It took a long time to get him. I'm just pleased we got there.' The Francis Lui Kin-wai-trained Arrogance arrived in the final strides, but Jokers Wild left more than six lengths between himself and the rest of the field. Last-race favourite, Equikit was the other sorry tale from Fradd and Millard, with the 19-start maiden having yet another hard luck tale to tell. 'He is probably one horse who isn't hlped by barrier one and I have to say he was just unlucky,' Fradd said. 'The way the track was playing, you couldn't give a big start and go around them to win so I rode him a bit closer than usual, but he was locked away. He flew when he got out but the race was over.' Equikit flashed up to finish only 1.25 lengths from the winner Fortune Prizes (Felix Coetzee), who prevailed in a desperate finish over Alf. Coetzee's win confirmed his second-place ranking in the jockeys' championship for the season and his place as the last-spot entry for next Wednesday's World Jockeys' Challenge at Happy Valley. Andy Leung Ting-wah's resurgence continued when he landed a double to take him into double figures for the season. Dragon Fortune took the third race under Basil Marcus before Temmoku landed race six for Eric Legrix. The latter was well backed, despite disappointing efforts on his previous two starts, but Legrix, who had been in the saddle when the gelding was well beaten at Happy Valley last time, was not too surprised at the improvement. 'He got checked early on and then I was caught very wide,' he said. 'In the circumstances, that run was not as bad as it looked.'