John Size and Shane Dye kept their personal scoreboards ticking over yesterday in solid if unspectacular fashion with a shared double in the opening two races. An hour later, Dye chimed in with the fourth race - a Class Five event over 1,600 metres on the turf track on board well-fancied Best Ever for Peter Ng Bik-kuen - giving the New Zealand horseman three winners from the first four races. With Dye's arch-rival Douglas Whyte suffering a frustrating losing sequence over the past two meetings, Dye has recovered his momentum and rejoined Felix Coetzee in second spot on the jockeys' title chase, albeit 15 winners behind the Durban Demon. Size was both pleased and relieved to emerge from the second meeting of the New Year with Tony Cruz having made no further inroads into his trainers' premiership lead, as both mentors landed a double. Their respective scoreline now reads 34-27. The Size-Dye juggernaut opened the bowling in the Class Four handicap down the straight 1,000 metres course, with Rodrigo de Triano gelding Sing And Drink ($71) thwarting Whyte and odds-on chance King Of Garoupa. 'He really seems to like racing down the straight,' Size said. 'That, and soft tracks - those are the two things he really enjoys. 'Unfortunately, there hasn't been much rain around and there really aren't that many races down the straight, so the opportunities don't come around very often. But he's now won three races since joining us this season, so we can't complain about his contribution.' Although Sing And Drink drew barrier six, Dye had no hesitation in heading towards the outside section of the track on the New Zealand-bred four-year-old. 'It's usually the better ground when the rail is in the C position,' the jockey said. 'He was always in a handy position and kept on strongly when the other horse came at him in the final 100 metres. He's done a good job.' Size and Dye both expressed mild surprise at the win of Oscar Star at the big price of $244 in the second race, a Class Five event over 1,400 metres, remembering he had been beaten almost nine lengths in the same class at Sha Tin on Boxing Day. 'It was a bit of a surprise because he just went too badly the other day and we really didn't think he could win today,' Dye said. 'But he seemed to lose interest when we took him back from barrier 14 the other day, so on this occasion we've gone forward. He was lucky to get a slowly run race and everything fell into place for him.' Size said the win once again emphasised the quantum gap between Class Four and Five in Hong Kong. 'He really didn't do anything the other day, and I thought he was fit enough to run well,' the trainer said. 'But the drop to Class Five obviously helped, and he seemed to race with a lot more confidence today.' Dye rounded off his treble with a belated win on Best Ever, who completed a double for Peter Ng with a breakthrough victory at his 22nd start. 'He was quite unlucky at his last couple of runs at the end of last season,' Dye recalled. 'Although he hadn't won a race before today, his form was better than it looked. In fact, he was lucky to survive because he was badly injured in one of those races last season and has done a good job to come back.'