Christophe Soumillon's magical hands will be asked to conduct their third conversion in the space of eight days tonight when the Belgian ace handles the shortest-priced early favourite on the card, Olive Or Twist, in the fifth event at Happy Valley. The Zabeel gelding has not won since September 2003, but that hasn't stopped the growing army of Soumillon fans backing the John Moore-trained gelding down to $24 opening favourite for this Class Four event over 1,650 metres. Just one week ago, Soumillon's powers of equine persuasion were seen to advantage when he cajoled a victory out of Highland Dawn, carrying the colours of Jockey Club steward Brian Stevenson. And on Sunday, he managed to stir the best out of Class Five galloper Great Star, whose reluctance had kept his scorecard limited to one win in a career of 33 starts. Punters obviously think that if Soumillon can perform those two exceptional feats, he will have no problem with Oliver Or Twist, even though the New Zealand-bred galloper has been winless for 16 months. When he was in form, Olive Or Twist was a free-running middle-distance horse but suddenly he began missing the start and proving an ongoing headache for Moore and some of Hong Kong's best jockeys. The turnaround began on December 1 when he made a clean getaway for the South African master, Felix Coetzee, and two promising efforts since seem to have convinced punters that those reluctant hooves are hovering over the cash register once more. The strength of the Happy Valley form around New Milestone has prompted punters to stick with the C team of Coetzee and trainer Tony Cruz in the second race, where they have Bullish Kid as early favourite at $26. He's a surprise top fancy in a race that boasts the presence of Grand Commands, a promising three-year-old who has won his last two starts in dominating style. Grand Commands, prepared by Peter Ng Bik-kuen, will be handled again by Anthony Delpech. Although he looks the logical favourite, the push for the Cruz-trained galloper sees him a $33 second favourite on last night's tote call.