Apprentice Thomas Yeung Kai-tong is a jockey to follow. If you missed the lad's 83-1 double yesterday - which was almost a 1,343-1 treble - the good news is it's not too late to board the train as this young jockey begins his climb towards the top. Yeung won the second event, a Class Five race over 1,400 metres, on 11-1 chance Dragon Win and completed his double by bringing Miracles with a last-to-first stretch run in the eighth for rookie trainer Danny Shum Chap-shing. Yeung has had an eventful 2003. He rode his first winner at Happy Valley on April 2 (Sixty Seconds for David Oughton) and while there may have been an element of fluke about that win, there has been no such factor in his subsequent progress. Yeung was apprenticed to Peter Chapple-Hyam last season, but the Jockey Club transferred him to David Hayes when the Englishman resigned his licence and returned home at the end of June. The aspiring jockey then struck the jackpot by being sent to work with leading trainer Paul O'Sullivan at Matamata in New Zealand, during the Hong Kong off-season. Not only is O'Sullivan a positive influence in his own right, but Yeung got double value out of the deal as Paul's brother, Lance, has been champion jockey of New Zealand 12 times. Since Yeung's return to Hong Kong, the doors have kept opening. 'Mr Hayes has been very good to me and teaches me a great deal. He spends a lot of time with me,' Yeung said last night. 'And his assistant trainer, Almond Lee, has been very helpful as well.' Ironically, Yeung's two winners were for outside stables, with Ricky Yiu Poon-fie providing the mount on Dragon Win, while Hayes was the trainer of his near miss Planet Ruler. 'He rides very well, he's a nice kid and he did a good job on that horse [Dragon Win],' Yiu said. 'He followed my instructions precisely.' Miracles has now won two from two since transferring to the Shum yard this season, having previously been with Derek Cruz. 'I know he was a long way back, but even on the home turn, when we were still near last, I still thought he could win,' Yeung said. 'He really stretched out well in the final 200 metres.' Although nothing could be taken away from Class One sprint winner Anabatik, who lugged his 133 pounds to a first-up victory with great aplomb, Yeung's mount, Planet Ruler, was only beaten a neck and lost at least that much ground when held up at a crucial stage near the 200 metres. 'I was caught behind [Douglas Whyte's mount] Figures, who had made the pace and began to weaken,' Yeung said. 'I was held up when I was wanting to be going forward, but there was nothing I could do about it. I'm not saying he definitely would have won, but he would have gone very close.' Stewards later took some of the gloss off Yeung's day when they fined him $2,000 for failing to bring his official apprentice riding scorecard to the races. 'These cards are very important and they must be filled out after every race an apprentice wins,' chief steward Jamie Stier explained. 'Imagine if Thomas went overseas and through an error like this, took the wrong allowance in a race. The consequences could be very significant.' In victory or defeat, the thing that stands out with Yeung is his riding style, which shows quality beyond his experience. Whether it's the apprentice's riding instructor Philip Waldron, his new master Hayes, the O'Sullivan brothers in New Zealand or Yeung himself who should take the credit doesn't really matter. The lad is a work in progress. And his career is very much on the rise.