A NINE-week wait ended for English rider Dean McKeown at 2.19 pm yesterday when Fortune Duke (7-1) took the third race at Sha Tin in a battling finish with Icy Bet (7-1). McKeown, whose official link with the Geoff Lane stable was one of the surprise engagements of the season, had been waiting since opening day on September 12 for his first Hong Kong winner. It has not been an easy time for the British rider in a racing scene dominated by success stories. But he made a number of his critics eat their words with an impeccable display on Fortune Duke who never went round a horse in the 2,000-metre, Classes One and Two event before winning by a head. Had McKeown not saved all the ground he did, the winning margin suggests that the Tony Cruz-ridden Icy Bet might well have prevailed. As it was, McKeown pulled out all the stops over the last 100 metres to keep Cruz at bay. There were three and three quarter lengths to third-placed Timah (9-1) which is a fair reflection on just how authoritative the win was. McKeown said: ''The distance made all the difference. This is a horse who must have 2,000 metres or more. I had a lovely run along the inside and went when I felt I had to but he responded really well.'' The total flop of the race was the Patrick Biancone-trained My Home Town (2-1 favourite) who was at very short odds in a race where there appeared several chances. My Home Town had run a pleasing second at his last start and looked ideally suited by the trip. But he was never a factor in the event and finished a sad fifth for Eric Legrix. Biancone was clearly disappointed by the run of his stayer and said: ''There were no obvious excuses for it so you are grasping at straws. Maybe the ground was against him as it was very fast and firm.'' Concert Boss (5-1) was also well touted and finished fourth but never got in a blow. Maximum claimer Francis K. S. Lam continued the great start to his riding career with his fifth win. Lam won with Auto Focus (3-1 favourite) in the 1,000-metre second event, easily accounting for Double Delight (10-1) who ran on strongly into second spot for Stanley K. M. Chin. There was an interesting run from Strike It Hot (20-1) who should progress from this. Topweight Say Yes (9-2) did little in the Class Five straight dash but it could pay to keep an eye on King (12-1) who ran on into fifth place.