Tough sprinter Figures played the giant-killer at Sha Tin yesterday as he scraped in by his usual margin to give Chris Munce his best Hong Kong win and upset a high grade field in the HSBC Premier Bowl over 1,200 metres. Planted on a good speed by Munce, Figures (28-1) defied all attempts to run him down and scored by a short head over Scintillation with a head to Planet Ruler in a thrilling finish, but that's nothing new to the six-year-old who has upstaged the big guns before. Trainer David Oughton had stepped off a plane from seeing Cape Of Good Hope run so well in Melbourne, then headed to Sha Tin to be thrilled with the upset win by Figures, who was underrated as he has so often been during his career here. 'Really, he has been a good servant for the owners. He always took two or three runs to get him fit and this time, as an older horse, it's taken him four, but I thought his last run at the mile was an indication he was on his way back,' said Oughton. 'That day, he fought back quite strongly at the furlong in what was a pretty well run race. Even though he's won a Group One at a mile, he doesn't quite run it out when they go along, so dropping back to 1,200 metres today I thought he would be quite tough at the finish.' There should be a picture of Figures in the dictionary under the word tough, as his unwillingness to surrender when he hits the front has been key in winning him seven races in Hong Kong now - and never any by more than three-quarters of a length. 'I told Chris to go out and be positive on him, be with the lead or box seated, but actually I think box seated wouldn't have suited him as well as where he was, outside one horse,' Oughton said. 'He's never won inside I don't think, and seems to fight even stronger when he is on the outside and racing clear like that.' For Munce, who completed a double after winning on Rely On Me for John Size earlier in the day, it was the continuation of an excellent start to the season racking up his seventh victory with his biggest Hong Kong win. 'Things are going well. I just have to keep getting on horses with chances and I can keep going well,' he said. 'Figures was very solid today after having a good hard run at the mile last time, he loved the fight when Scintillation ran at him and really wanted to win.' But the win has given Oughton a rethink for the gelding's programme now, depending on what the handicapper does with his rating assessment this morning. 'I had him in the 1,400-metre race next weekend but he's won off a 110 rating today and the maximum for that race is 115,' Oughton explained. 'If he goes up six for that win, he'll be ineligible and we'll have to look elsewhere, but I'm hopeful since he just scraped home he might only get five points.'