Olivier Doleuze missed out on a first Derby win with Aucash but he still left Hong Kong last night with a smile on his face after completing a memorable first stint as a Club jockey with victory aboard John Size's Winning Dragon. The one-length success in the ninth race took the French rider's score to 26 winners from 134 rides - a strike-rate of just under 20 per cent - since he burst on to the scene with a double at his first Sha Tin meeting in late December. 'It has been an unbelievable three months and for me it was important to finish with a winner,' Doleuze said. 'I'm very happy to win on such a good horse and on my first ride for John Size, who has been in even better form than me. I have been lucky to ride some nice horses while I have been here.' Doleuze, whose best placing in the French Derby was third in 1999, was optimistic about his chances of landing the Hong Kong version going into yesterday's race on Aucash. The Ivan Allan-trained second-string could finish only sixth behind stablemate Olympic Express and the jockey said his problems had started early in the race. 'He was always going to find it tough from barrier 14 and then he was pulling a bit at the start,' Doleuze said. 'He was fighting for third place near the end, but he died a little bit in the last 50 metres and maybe that was because he had pulled too much early on.' Doleuze, who flew back to France last night to begin preparations for the new European season in his role as stable jockey to the powerful Criquette Head-Maarek yard, said he was a probable but not a certainty to return to Hong Kong next winter. 'Of course, I would like to come back if the Jockey Club wants me, but nothing has been decided yet. I must see first what happens this season in France and then I will decide,' he said. Doleuze rode in Singapore the previous two winters and spent a brief period in Perth during the last Australian summer. Asked to nominate his outstanding memory of his Hong Kong stint, Doleuze said: 'Me Guinness is my favourite because he was my first winner here. Your first winner anywhere is always very special, but it is even more important here. 'I knew it would be tough when I came here and to have a winner on my first ride at Sha Tin was incredible and then to have another one in the next race was unbelievable. Those rides got me started with Derek Cruz and our combination has had a lot of success together. When you win, you carry a lot of luck with you, and it has been fantastic. 'I have enjoyed working with Derek and I owe him a lot. I was a bit disappointed I couldn't win for Derek with Super Blitz [in the seventh event]. He's a good horse and maybe the ground didn't suit him today.'