Early punters have put their faith in a couple of expensive gallopers to put the record straight at Sha Tin this afternoon. Whatever they cost to buy, punters could have paid for Socrates and Picture Perfect a couple of times over in recent starts but are prepared to vote with their hard-earned dollars to say that both are in their right spots to win now. Late last year, Socrates left punters shocked and surprised his connections, too, when he won at Happy Valley at huge odds but there has been no second victory for the three-year-old, despite him going out favourite at his last three starts. On overnight markets, he is once again a hot favourite for the fifth race, but the strength of the event is highlighted by the fact that second pick is Paul O'Sullivan-trained Sniper, who is yet to place from 10 starts but indicated something better may be on offer when he was fifth to Happy Contender last start. John Size-trained Picture Perfect managed to uphold his end of the bargain earlier this term when he won twice as favourite but he has been without excuse in finishing third at his last two runs. Size has added blinkers to Picture Perfect's gear - something he wore when he won in New Zealand last year - and punters have responded by taking it as a signal from the reigning champion trainer that the gelding will return to his top form. Early markets in the sixth event will have a strange look about this, with Pionero scratched yesterday and Speedy Express substituted for him in the number one saddlecloth. While Pionero certainly would have been the favourite had he run, Speedy Express has been struggling and the punters who have backed him thinking he was Pionero will get considerably longer odds for their money.