Reticent Andy Leung Ting-wah opened up on his faultless beginning to the new racing season and his place in the Hong Kong scene as an 'economical' trainer yesterday as he celebrated another winning double. The guarded Leung rarely speaks publicly about his operation but spoke of the dedication of his 'happy team' after wins by Allegro and Royal Army left him two wins clear of John Size and Francis Lui Kin-wai after a month of the new term. 'I know the horses well. I have come up from the bottom, from the soil,' Leung said. 'I know every detail about my horses because I ride them myself and that is important. I ride out every day, even Sundays.' Leung has been in the headlines during the past week for the wrong reasons, as stewards hit him and jockey Eric Saint-Martin with severe penalties over the running of Double Happiness at Sha Tin on September 22. Leung has appealed over the record-equalling HK$250,000 fine he was dealt after being found guilty of being party to Sain-Martin's breach of the rules, but the double yesterday was a reminder of the deadly start Leung has made this term to bring him to the top of the standings after a month. 'I am not doing anything different in my training this season,' he said. 'Their performance is because the team is happy, which is most important, and is working well. And because I know my horses.' With nine wins from 47 runners, Leung is even matching John Size's 20 per cent winning rate. 'Of course there is a lot that goes into it - I am not a one-man band,' he said. 'It is about training, about jockey selection and team work. And the owners are part of the team - I have good owners who support me. They give me the horses then they let me do my thing and train them. They give me a free hand.' Leung strapped blinkers on to Allegro yesterday and the lightly-raced four-year-old put the lie to his previous three races to win by a wide margin in the opening Class Five event at 1,600 metres, and he seems certain to appreciate even further. Three races later, Royal Army was living up to everything he had been doing in barrier trials but not in his five previous races, when he bounded away with the Class Four over 1,400 metres. Both victories further shored up the niche Leung sees for his stable, especially in the current difficult economic times. 'I don't have a stable full of horses by Danehill and Snippets,' he said. 'I don't like to say I buy cheap horses because cheap makes it sound like they are not good horses. I prefer to say they are economical.' Leung said Allegro had cost just NZ$20,000 in New Zealand as a yearling, a price easily recovered with yesterday's HK$285,000 first-prize money. 'And Royal Army is a horse I bought at Keeneland for just US$40,000,' he said. 'To be able to buy a horse for that price at a premier sale like Keeneland is very economical and that is how I try to buy horses for my owners.' And Leung says his lower yearling prices pave the way for happier connections. 'Everyone can see that to me the odds are not important - I train the winners at even money or at 30-1, like Allegro,' he pointed out. 'The odds are not important because I am training to do the best job for my owners. 'Seventy per cent of all my horses are earning prizemoney in their races and that means they are making returns for the owners, and for horses which were not expensive to buy. Even if you look at Sun Shine River. He cost 250,000 French francs - which is not a lot to pay for a Class One horse - and his prizemoney is close to HK$5 million.' Rival trainer, Peter Ho has also made a clean break from the gates this season, racking up a double yesterday to take his tally to six. Ho produced Happy Years fresh to win the second event for apprentice Way Leung, who is forming a good associaton with the stable. He followed with a rejuvenated Bonanza (Eric Legrix) in the following race. And Tony Millard produced a promising youngster in the sixth event in Keen Marshall (Felix Coetzee), who appreciated different conditions and a bit of ground to take out the 1,800-metres contest. 'That's not a bad effort for a horse having only his second race start and he could be a horse with a future,' Millard said. The win broke an unaccustomed run of outs for top jockey Coetzee, who had logged a full month and 40 losing rides since a double on Super Combination and Lucky Stallion at the season's opening day meeting on September 1.