On a night when most eyes at Happy Valley were on the visiting superstars, John Egan and the Hong Kong Jockey Club's international sale managed to catch their share of the spotlight as Cheeky broke his maiden status in style. With just two days to the 2001 Piaget International Sale, the past sale graduates shone brightly taking out four of the seven races, with victories to the half-brothers, Cheeky and Successful Spirit, added to Noble Boy and Good Fit. The Peter Ho-trained Cheeky, one of the top lots as a $3 million purchase at last year's sale, became the third high-priced 2000 sale graduate to score lately after Lucky Superstar and Companion gave the auction a boost. And Ho believes the best is all in the future for the three-year-old, who prospered in the second race under a superb John Egan ride. 'Cheeky has been quite delicate and it has been difficult to keep the weight on him,' Ho said. 'Really, he has been a bit like a filly to train and taken his time to strengthen up. I've taken plenty of time with him, though, and now it's starting to pay off. He is improving physically and starting to put it together on the track, too.' From gate 10, Egan did a remarkable job, crossing to the inside early then making ground near the rail before switching around heels on the home turn. He made it look easy and the rising three-year-old did the rest. 'That was a good win because I'm sure Happy Valley is not going to be his best track and he was not entirely comfortable,' Egan said. 'But I was lucky to get a few runs through on the inside in the back and able to make some ground without having to do too much. 'When I got him out in the straight, Cheeky has really hit the line strongly and he is the makings of a very nice horse,' he said. 'You know, he just needed a bit of luck and he got it, but he did something with it which is the sign of a nice horse. His form looked great behind those good horses the other day, Companion and Flying Machine, and he ran right up to that.' The progeny of Cheeky's mother, the Sound Reason mare Sound Lover, scored a rare double on the night, with her four-year-old, Successful Spirit (by Centaine), winning a leg of the International Jockeys' Championship for Olivier Peslier. And Sound Lover's five-year-old son, Trillion Win, recently won in Class One at Sha Tin, so her record in Hong Kong is extraordinary. Tony Millard's transformation of Noble Boy continued in the first leg of the jockeys' showdown when he gave Frankie Dettori an easy win but the trainer said he was feeling his nerves going into last night's race. 'Gee, you know there was a little bit of pressure on tonight,' Millard said. 'When you saddle up an odds-on favourite in one of these races, and to have Frankie Dettori on it. Well, you look a bit of a mug if they get beaten.' But Noble Boy didn't ever look like being beaten as he racked up his third successive win from just four starts for Millard and the manner of the victory suggests there is more to come. 'He's done absolutely nothing wrong so far,' Millard said. 'Coming into this he was up 15 points in the ratings since I got him. After the first win I thought he might have one more but he just keeps doing the job.' Noble Boy was part of an unfortunate double for Felix Coetzee on the night, who would have been aboard both he and Successful Spirit in normal circumstances, but the pair were in races which made up part of the jockeys' championship and they had been drawn by other riders. But his retaining trainer, Tony Cruz, wasn't sparing any sympathy after Peslier lifted his runner, Successful Spirit, home past Coetzee's mount, Honest Dragon, in the fourth race. 'Well, you know that's the luck of these things, but Felix had a good chance there to win, so it could have gone the other way,' Cruz said. Coetzee's nightmare was almost complete when his usual ride in the third leg of the jockeys' championship, Indubitably Bliss, ridden by American Gary Stevens, was beaten on the wire in the closest of photo finishes by Lomond's Fay. Stevens told the gelding's connections that he felt Indubitably Bliss would have won had he seen the winner coming at him in the final stages.