Eric Saint-Martin continued to blaze the early trail in the jockeys' championship with a second successive treble at Sha Tin last night that gave him a clear lead in the table. The Frenchman scored on Temmoku, Double Happiness and Gonlargo - all for Andy Leung Ting-wah - to move to the seven-winner mark, two clear of reigning champion Douglas Whyte. Leung, meanwhile, shares the lead in the trainers' championship with Francis Lui Kin-wai on six wins apiece. Saint-Martin's latest salvo took him another giant step towards justifying his place in the jockey ranks, but he was not getting carried away. 'Of course, I am very happy because every trainer and jockey likes to win and it is always good to keep winning,' he said. 'Now I am going to keep working hard and trying to pick up the best rides I can. I have had some good horses so far this season. Andy's horses are going well and I am grateful he has given plenty of chances.' The pick of Saint-Martin's treble was Double Happiness, who took the seventh race in the manner of a horse destined to ride much higher than Class Three company. He was given a patient ride by Saint-Martin before swooping to score comfortably by 2.75 lengths with a turn of foot that belied the wet conditions. Saint-Martin, who took his record on the son of Geiger Counter to three wins from four rides, said: 'He won easily and he can improve a lot from this. He's a young horse with a lot of potential and I just hope the handicapper doesn't kill him for this win. I was worried before the race because the one time I lost on him was on soft ground at the end of last season, but he handled the going very well. He will be better on genuine good ground, but at least we know now that he can handle a wet track.' Saint-Martin opened his treble with a confident ride aboard Temmoku in the first dirt race of the new season. The Frenchman drove the experienced dirt campaigner round the outside on the turn for home before holding off Millennium Spirit and Fruitful Trip in a driving finish which saw the first three separated by just two necks in the 1,650-metre event. 'Temmoku was pretty fit and has a big heart, but he is one-paced, so I had no option but to open up with him,' Saint-Martin said. 'Also, the track was sealed in the wet conditions, so I knew the front-runners would have an advantage and that I couldn't let them get too far in front. That's where my experience of riding in the US is helpful.' Saint-Martin put more immediate knowledge to use to secure his treble on Gonlargo in the Class One event over 1,400 metres which closed the card. With the conditions worsening during the meeting, the jockey advocated a swift change of plan before the race. And his idea of holding up Gonlargo for a late run proved inspired as Grand Delight, who had looked set for a clear-cut win halfway up the straight, folded in the last 200 metres to go down by three-quarters of a length. 'The original plan was to ride him near the front because of the ground, but I suggested that I should hold him up and come round the outside because that is where the better ground was by then,' Saint-Martin said. 'I thought Citizen Kane would probably make the pace and that the leaders might come back to me in the straight. 'Actually when I saw how many lengths I had to make up on the leader, I thought I was riding for second but he tired very quickly and my horse just flew in the last 200 metres. He hung in a bit, but that might have been because of the going. But coming round the outside was definitely the right way to go.'