Trainer Danny Bougoure made two calls on the future of outstanding Australian sprinter Falvelon this campaign - the one that brought him to Sha Tin yesterday for his second Hong Kong Sprint win and the other that will see him back next year to make it three. 'This is a top field he has beaten again today, and the race deserves Group One status next year,' Bougoure said in the elation that followed Falvelon's narrow victory over the same horse he nosed out in 2000, the American-trained Morluc. 'And why wouldn't we want to make it three?' Australia's jockey of the moment, Damien Oliver, prevailed in the driving finish over Morluc with Hong Kong-trained All Thrills Too, ridden by Shane Dye, failing by inches to overhaul the pair as the post came up too quickly for his powerful finish. The runner-up's trainer, Randy Morse, was clearly stunned to be beaten in the same fashion by Falvelon and All Thrills Too's trainer David Hayes could not hide his disappointment either. 'You know I shouldn't be disappointed but I am,' he said. 'To get so close. And Shane had to change course when Falvelon went for the run, and that might have cost him the race. Two more strides and he wins. He's proved he's as good as those first two and they're outstanding. If the race was 1,002m we would have beaten them.' But it was Bougoure's first judgment call during the Melbourne carnival in October which paved the way for back-to-back Hong Kong Sprint wins by the brilliant speedster yesterday. 'He had problems in Melbourne - he was never 100 per cent there - and we had a decision to make after the Schillaci Stakes when he pulled four muscles in his back at the start and was beaten,' Bougoure explained. 'We had been keen to come back all year for this but at that moment, there was a decision to be made or he could not have come. 'I sat the owners down and told them that if we went ahead with the plan we had to run him in the sprint at Moonee Valley, the race he won last year, then Hong Kong was out. The deciding factor is the firm going - he needs firm ground and that's always likely to be the case here and not so certain in Melbourne.' Bougoure said the decision to back off Falvelon then was the making of yesterday's victory. 'I'm sure in the end he was at least as good going into this race as he was last year. You don't like to have those sorts of problems coming to a big race like this but when all was said and done he was able to overcome them,' he said. Oliver's Hong Kong engagements have been few and far between since he came to be stable rider for Hayes in the 1996-97 season and left unhappy after being interviewed by the ICAC as part of an operation investigating aspects of racing. Oliver was cleared but was upset by the incident and left in a hurry, returning for the first time 12 months ago to win on Falvelon. 'I love Hong Kong racing, so does Falvelon and I hope we'll be standing here with the prize again next year,' he said. Oliver said he had not expected to be as far off the lead in the early stages as Falvelon had been. 'They went like lightning early. I knew they couldn't keep going at that speed, so I let them go and I found I was back beside All Thrills Too, which surprised me,' Oliver said. 'At the 500m, joining the course, I got a nice gap and he accelerated through it. I could see Morluc ahead of me and he was one of the strong chances so I rode the race off him in the last 100m. I don't like to think I've won because you get too disappointed if you're wrong, so I didn't know in the finish.' Bougoure was making his first overseas trip with a horse last year when Falvelon won in Hong Kong but said it was easier this time around. 'This year, knowing what to expect, I was able to plan everything in his training better when we were here,' he said. 'Even the photo was easier this year. He and Morluc weren't as far apart and I thought we had won.' Morluc's trainer, Morse, was stunned by the sprinter's defeat in such similar circumstances for the second year running but jockey Robby Albarado said he could take nothing from Falvelon. 'It was deja vu for Morluc but you have to give credit to the winner, he just kept coming at me,' Albarado said. The other Australian runner, Century Kid, appeared to have the race in his keeping at the 200m but could not sustain his speed late in the race before finishing fourth for jockey Jim Cassidy. 'Perhaps Jim might have gone clear a bit soon but it was a great run anyway,' said trainer Graeme Rogerson. 'We'll take him home for the Group One Galaxy at Easter and then we will look at taking him to Dubai and Singapore.' Winning jockey Oliver's day soured later when stewards hit him with a ban until January 6 for interference on Rare Collection in the day's opening race.