If punters are on the ball, six times British champion jockey Kieren Fallon will once again find the Valley his happy hunting ground tonight and emerge with the title of international jockeys' champion for 2004. The opening call on the Jockey Club tote last night had Fallon a $31 (for $10) favourite to win the opening leg of the championship on Flying Kenny for trainer Andy Leung Ting-wah. Flying Kenny, who was placed in a series leg last year under Victor Espinoza (US), has been racing extremely consistently without winning. Significantly, he has some decent course-and-distance form, with three placings from seven attempts, and has been racing consistently, earning minor prizemoney in each of his last three starts. Punters have also found a second Fallon mount, Fortune Life, as the second favourite at $55 in the fifth event, the second leg of the championship, behind Eddie Lai Wai-ming's mount Oriental ($47). On Monday at the Jockey Club's photo shoot on the harbour at Tsim Sha Tsui, Fallon declared Happy Valley to be one of his favourite racecourses in the world, the scene of many winners and a host of good memories. It looks like the punters see his love affair with the city venue continuing. Shortest-priced favourite for the meeting, on overnight prices, is Christophe Soumillon's mount Mystic Force in the sixth. The Tony Cruz-trained stayer, who stormed home just a fraction too late at Sha Tin last time, is a $21 favourite for the 1,800 metres, Class Four affair. While undoubtedly satisfied with the engagement of Soumillon, the early shoppers are more likely putting their cash behind local idol Cruz, who is setting a hot pace for his rivals in this year's trainers' premiership. Cruz has won 28 races this season from just 136 runners - a strike-rate of 21 per cent. Last Saturday at Happy Valley the 2000 champion handler sent out only two runners and had one more winner, Super Combed ($14). However, if the market order last night is echoed in the results on the track tonight, then Fallon will be the newly crowned champion jockey, with Lai and Soumillon fighting it out for second place.