Fantastic Win has the deck stacked in his favour at Happy Valley tonight as he attempts to throw off a 12-start losing streak in the opening leg of the first Double Trio (race three). Fantastic Win holds a small place in history as winner of the opening Happy Valley race of the 2004-05 season, and what a win it was. With Douglas Whyte on board, Fantastic Win was a heavily-backed $44 favourite and cleared out to win by 43/4 lengths from Flying Kenny and Military Option. The win was so impressive that the handicappers caned him in the ratings, lifting him 10 points to 66 and well into Class Three, where he has failed to make any mark. But relief from the handicapper came at a much slower pace than his elevation and it's taken all this time for Fantastic Win to get back to within two pounds of his early-season assessment. Coinciding with the completion of his slide back to Class Four has been a glimmer of hope. Fantastic Win ran his best race last time since September in finishing third to Island Spirit over this course and distance, where he has featured so prominently in the past. The other good news for trainer Dennis Yip Chor-hong and his followers is that Fantastic Win absolutely revels in rain-softened ground. The track was officially good but undoubtedly rain-affected the night he won, and conditions promise to be almost identical tonight. Fantastic Win's possible return to for is, however, very well anticipated, for last night he was $44 favourite on the early tote market.