Reformed character Champion Winner gets the chance to complete a winning hat-trick in the second event at the city venue tonight and continue the success of new-season strike partnership of Tony Millard and Brett Prebble. Millard (pictured) is having a superb start to the new term and is sailing along in fifth place on the trainers' premiership despite having a smaller team than those above him on the table and many of those below. He has had 13 winners from just 107 starters, a personal strike rate of 12.1 per cent. But of the 43 of those starters that have been ridden by Prebble, 10 have returned winners at the excellent success rate of 23.3 per cent, with a total of 21 having been placed (48.8 per cent). Champion Winner was optimistically named and things started well enough when he made his Hong Kong debut back in 2002, being placed at his first three starts. But it took three years for the handsome black to break through. However, in scoring at his last start over the Happy Valley 1,200 metres circuit, after working hard from barrier 11, Champion Winner showed he had really turned the corner. Despite his early exertions, the gelding raced clear in the straight and was ultimately a comfortable 13/4 length winner from debutant Leader. In contrast to the difficulties he experienced from the wide alley on that occasion, Prebble will start from gate five this time around and should be able to control the race either from the front or from outside the leader if something happens to drive up inside him. Last night, Champion Winner was a $38 second favourite, with the John Size-Douglas Whyte combination being responsible for early market leader Funtrap, who will be having his first start in blinkers. The prince of Happy Valley, Dennis Yip Chor-hong, was scheduled to saddle up four favourites if the trends of last night's betting were maintained. Yip's big four are Sound of Silence ($33) in the third, Evergreen ($33) in the fifth, Silver Sun ($50) in the sixth and Dragon And Gold ($39) in the final event.