'That was absolutely great - just what I needed,' says South African after win on Five Grains It may have only been a humble Class Three race on a wintry day at Sha Tin, but watching Anthony Delpech's celebrations from the saddle on runaway winner Five Grains, you'd be forgiven for thinking something more momentous had taken place. Five Grains completed a double for last year's champion jockey of South Africa, having won the eighth race on Goodwood 30 minutes earlier. Both winners were prepared by compatriot Tony Millard, who immediately forecast bigger and better things for the new-look trainer-jockey combination. 'I'm very happy for Anthony,' Millard began. 'The way things have been going here, I could see that I had to give someone new a chance and Anthony fitted the bill. 'This is a very good result for the stable. We can build on this now and it will be good to have someone to work with who'll be riding for us regularly. It will give us much more continuity, and that can only be good for all of our owners.' As with most things in racing, there is a bit of history behind the story. Dwayne Dunn was doing a lot of riding for the Millard camp but fell out of favour after going to Melbourne against the trainer's wishes to ride a longshot in the Caulfield Cup in mid October. Felix Coetzee filled the breach admirably, as he always does, but his availability is limited because of his ties to the Tony Cruz camp and Millard understands that Cruz gets first call on the master's services. Douglas Whyte has enjoyed success for Millard, winning a raft of races on consistent Blue Stitch, but Millard hasn't always accepted Whyte's decisions to ride other horses in preference to his with quite the same good humour as other trainers have demonstrated under similar circumstances. Delpech has been making steady inroads during the first half of his initial Hong Kong season, and has showed admirable character to keep his head down and battle on when much of the cattle he's been pushing around has been third or fourth grade. He's now ridden nine winners and, apart from the promising Millard commitment, yesterday's double will undoubtedly precipitate some fresh attention. 'That was absolutely great - just what I needed,' Delpech said. 'I've been working away, getting the odd winner here and there, but winning my first Sha Tin double is just wonderful. I had a little holiday [courtesy of the stewards] recently and have come back fresh and keen.' Millard has done a tremendous job to rehabilitate Five Grains after the four-year-old was struck down with a tendon injury just 12 months ago after his second start. 'He sprung a tendon, which is as serious an injury as you can get, so he's done a good job to come back,' Millard continued. 'We purchased him at the International Sale and he won very well at his first start here at Sha Tin. He was then beaten at Happy Valley before we discovered the injury. The owners [Mr and Mrs Yung Yu-yan] were very understanding. They just told me to take my time and look after the horse.' Five Grains prepared for yesterday's event on a campaign of three races, the first on September 27 and the most recent being a luckless fourth to Spinning City over 1,600 metres in the final event of the November 30 meeting at Sha Tin. The Spectrum gelding's record has now advanced to two wins and two seconds from just six starts and Millard believes the future is all ahead of the athletic chestnut. 'He's managed 1,800 metres today without any problems and run away in the concluding stages. He'll get 2,000 metres, no problem,' he said. Goodwood, the first leg of the Millard-Delpech double, has now put two together, having landed what seemed an every-chance win at Sha Tin on November 30 under Shane Dye. 'At the time he was in Class Four and it looked like a race that was tailor-made for him,' the trainer continued. 'Today's win had much more merit. He was back behind midfield, came wide to make his run and fought on well to score in quite smart time.' Goodwood denied the Derek Cruz-trained My Choice, who started favourite, his fourth successive win, but the Volksraad colt lost no admirers in defeat with a brave effort under 126 pounds, after starting from barrier 14.