Former champion trainer now requires just one more win to meet the Jockey Club's requirement for 13 victories Former champion trainer David Hill has all but pulled his season from the fire after a winning double at Happy Valley on a night the stewards would rather forget. The stipes broke into a sweat for more reasons than the sticky Valley heat as they had to field four separate objections in three of the first five races last night, throwing out three of them, and the due processes of racing law played havoc with programme times and brought groans of frustration from the punters. Stewards had to untangle dual objections in race two involving second (We're Buddies) against the winner (Asia Star) and fourth (Winning Ways) against the third placegetter (Daneprint), dismissing both protests after a lengthy delay. In race four they were again called on to adjudicate a second (Best Ever) versus first (Great Sensation) and took the same action, before a minor objection of third (Tiramisu) against the second-placed New Face in the fifth was sustained. But for Hill the night was a turning point in his battle to hold on to his Hong Kong trainer's licence as a double with long-time bridesmaid Smiley Win (Craig Williams) and smart miler Tanahmerah (Robbie Fradd) moved him to 12 wins for the season and within reach of the figure he needs to avoid a 'show cause' hearing. Under the Jockey Club's performance requirements, Hill needs 13 winners and now has 11 meetings to find it. 'I've never even thought about that,' Hill said. 'I've just continued to train the horses as I feel they need and there isn't a lot more I can do about it. 'If the winners come and I reach the 13 wins, then well and good - if they don't, it's out of my hands.' Still, irony was hard to miss as Williams brought perennial loser Smiley Win from his usual position at the rear to grab the result right on the post in the Class Five opening race. Smiley Win was having his 35th start for his first victory, pushing his prizemoney tally to $1.2 million, and there would be many a wry smile if he was the horse to make a difference for his trainer. 'I'm so pleased for his owner who has been very patient, and for the horse himself,' Hill said. 'He's been beaten I think five times in photos. People think he doesn't try, but actually he tries very hard. 'He's got a big heart but not the ability to match, and he's had his share of problems, too. Within the limitations of his talent, he is really a very genuine horse. Maybe that win will give him some confidence now.' While Hill continues the fight for his licence, fellow trainer Eddie Lo Kwok-chow is winding down after withdrawing his application for next season's ticket 10 days ago and taking up office employment with the Jockey Club next season. But he was still able to salute for the second time this season and with the same horse - Great Sensation (Howard Cheng Yue-tin) in the fourth. 'Great Sensation won for me in September and now he is my second win as well,' Lo said with a smile, but he had to survive an objection from Best Ever (Shane Dye) after contacting that horse from behind while passing him in the straight. 'On the line I knew there would be an objection but I felt a bit of confidence once I had seen the video. I still have five horses in the stable and they will continue to run until the end of the season so it's possible I could have another win.' Dennis Yip Chor-hong kept his smart Valley record ticking over with a double as Ambitious Leader (Paul Lo Pak-hin) and Winning Sunshine (Felix Coetzee) arrived first but Coetzee finished the night on a sour note, copping a four-day ban from stewards for causing interference in the opening race on Supersonic.