Trainer John Moore landed a nice first-up winner with the confidently-backed Noble Falcon in the seventh yesterday, even though he conceded the race was not ideal. Noble Falcon (Glyn Schofield) had shown good ability but never been tried beyond 1,200 metres in three two-year-old runs in Australia but Moore could not find a suitable race for him and threw the Bluebird gelding in at 1,400 metres yesterday. 'Really, I wanted to run him over 1,200 metres,' Moore admitted. 'But it is just too hard to get your entries into races when you want them in. It was a gamble running him at an unknown distance first-up but it was the only race I could get him into.' The gamble paid off nicely, with the young galloper backed down to half of his opening betting odds and he arrived by a neck over Ever Success. 'Whether he proves to be a sprinter or a miler in the longer term we'll see,' Moore said. 'He is by Bluebird, which could make him a miler, but out of a Marauding mare, which would make him inclined to sprinting. Anyway, I think he does have the scope to make his way into Class One, not as a topliner but competitive, and then it will be up to him to prove himself there and see how far he can go.' The Achiever scored his second career win at Sha Tin yesterday, backing up the strong form from the Happy Valley meeting last Wednesday. The Tony Millard-trained gelding had been fifth behind Royal Army and Honour Supreme at his previous run from a wide Happy Valley draw and jockey Rodney Quinn felt he had been unlucky. 'I had to go back at Happy Valley last time or get caught wide and then when I got into a decent spot, a couple came back on me as the leaders were making their move,' he said. 'I wouldn't have been far from Honour Supreme if that hadn't happened and you saw what he did during the week.' Honour Supreme bolted in to frank the form and Quinn did the rest with a smart jump from the gates. 'With the C+3 course, I wanted to get him out and into the first four if possible and everything worked out just right,' he said. 'Really, 1,200 metres is not going to be his distance. He's going to want 1,400 metres or further and he's doing it on ability right now. He doesn't just quicken when you go for him, but he lengthens out and he builds up and builds up.' The Irish-bred Danehill horse, Ferrule has looked a completely different horse since his riding tactics were changed. Formerly with retired trainer Wong Tang-ping, Ferrule had often been ridden handy to the pace in his races and had assembled a decent record that way but has simply exploded since Tony Cruz and Felix Coetzee began to ride him more quietly. In the final event yesterday, Ferrule made it three on end and served notice he will be tough to hold again next time when he drew away from Self Flit and Clement Supreme. 'He's going great,' said Coetzee. 'We were a little concerned about the soft going today because he has been beaten on it before, but it never worried him at all.' Ivan Allan has won some great races, including the Hong Kong Derby, with horses carrying the pink with hooped sleeves. Kalimantan (Weichong Marwing) perhaps did not look up to that standard yesterday at Sha Tin but did well to overcome a wide draw and break his maiden in the opening race. 'He's young and had little racing and as you can see, he keeps improving every start,' said Marwing. 'I don't know how high he'll go but he'll certainly win his share of races.' It's all in the timing. Many trainers were concerned with the rain around Sha Tin yesterday but none more than Peter Ng Bik-kuen, who scored with Caviar One (Shane Dye). Still searching for his first win after 15 starts, Caviar One was in a suitably weak race and had the right draw - then rain came. 'Luckily it was still very early in the day,' Ng said after the gelding scraped home by a head. 'If we had to race later in the day, he would have had no chance at all. He hates the wet.' The track was downgraded to good-to-yielding immediately afterwards.