The late Australian ratings guru Don Scott famously said that, in horse racing, the winners keep winning and the losers keep losing. Tonight at Happy Valley, we'll learn if Scott was perhaps referring to Champ de Union, who heads the markets at a very short price in the fourth event. As Racing Post went to press, Champ de Union was a $27 [for $10] favourite for this Class Four (1,000m) contest despite the fact he has failed to salute even once in 36 Hong Kong starts. Champ de Union, to be ridden by Douglas Whyte, is a German-bred seven-year-old who will officially turn eight on January 1. And regardless of what transpires under lights at the city venue this evening, a price of less than 2-1 is scarcely flash about a horse who is aspiring to win for the first time at his 37th time of asking. Better value could be Sun Power ($40) from the Tony Cruz stable. This four-year-old son of proven sire Snippets has an infinitely stronger scoreline (2 from 12) and has been blazing away promisingly in the mornings at Sha Tin. He seems to have been improved by a break from racing. The fact that champion jockey Whyte did not ride a winner at the opening meeting of the season hasn't deterred his army of supporters even slightly. Throughout the programme, his mounts have taken dominant market positions. In addition to Champ de Union, Whyte's mounts strongly favoured by the public include Fantastic Win ($40) in Race 1, Kashmac ($35) in the second and Successive Gains ($29) in Race 8 head the betting at restricted quotes. The abilities of sophomore trainers Danny Shum Chap-shing and Caspar Fownes are a secret no longer, and punters have cottoned on to both young handlers in early discussions. Fownes' nice young New Zealand-bred racer Fifty Fifty is favourite for the seventh event at $25, with Shum providing one of the main dangers Kalimantan (Shane Dye) at $76. Fifty Fifty has a wonderful record, having raced just six times for three wins, two seconds and a third - never unplaced. Remember Don Scott. The Fownes-Shum starwars will also be played out in Race 6, but this time will be Shum who has the most in-demand horse in King of Garoupa ($33). This fellow is also having his first start for the yard, having done all his previous racing from the stable of Alex Wong Yu-on. Fownes' Race 6 contender is topweight Man on The Moon, who was formerly prepared by three-times premer trainer Ivan Allan (now retired).