Fortunes were totally reversed for Expectations and Noble Crusader at Sha Tin last Saturday with the former coming out an impressive winner after having little luck at his previous outing when finishing third. At their meeting at Sha Tin on September 29, Noble Crusader took the honours with Expectations being held up for a significant part of the straight before hitting the line powerfully to be beaten less than a length. This time around, Noble Crusader suffered bad interference at the 700-metre mark, was checked to back in the field and then took time to regain his stride. He eventually got going over the final stages to finish fourth to Expectations, who settled back in the field, travelled easily to the outside in the home straight and won with something in hand. Given the dominance of Expectations on this occasion, it is hard to say with any certainty that Noble Crusader would have beaten him without the interference, but he certainly lost no marks with the effort and will make amends soon. Expectations has come back from the summer break in terrific order and his winning run could well continue in the coming months. Although unbeaten in his two attempts on the all-weather surface, he has proved himself to be capable on the turf as well, although he is clearly at his best with some cut in the track. Every Time backed up his impressive first-up victory by finishing second and he also encountered some interference in the 700m scrimmage, being pushed very wide on the track. The David Ferraris-trained galloper has now proved himself on all surfaces and at all tracks but his two-point rating increase has him right at the top of Class Two, which is going to make his coming assignments a little tougher. Kingifly turned in a respectable effort at his local debut and will derive good benefit from the outing. He raced far too keen in the early stages but given his antics on the first turn, he stayed on quite well in the concluding stages. Super Fighter found Fat Choy Forever a shade sharp but he lost no marks and it is only a matter of time before he sheds his maiden tag. As Super Fighter was edging towards the outside approaching the home turn, Gerald Mosse put the foot to the floor on Fat Choy Forever and gained a valuable advantage, which was where the race was won. Taiji Spirit made a very good impression in winning at his first attempt on the all-weather course and looks a horse to follow any time he returns to the artificial surface. He travelled extremely well for high-flying Brett Prebble and picked up smartly as soon as he saw daylight in the home straight. Greenessy was responsible for one of the biggest performances of the day when finishing second to Super Wongchoy and he looks to be back to the form of last season. The Derek Cruz-trained gelding was slow away, five wide in the early stages before eventually moving around to race on the speed but still three horses off the fence. He showed terrific courage over the final stages and it won't be long before he makes amends, whether on turf or the all-weather. Three unplaced horses that must be excused are Sure Fortune, who was held up for a run in the straight, Gold Digger, who lost his chance with a slow beginning, and Funtrap, who was caught three wide on a hot speed.