When the dust had settled following Noble Crusader's first-up victory at Sha Tin on September 24, David Ferraris and the owners of Firm Offer were left wondering what could have been had the breaks fallen their way. They weren't alone. Some 12 weeks later, Firm Offer and some of the other luckless runners in that reference race get their chance to seek revenge on the Tony Cruz-trained gelding, with the field in today's Kwai Hing Handicap over 1,200 metres involving several of the same key players. In the Yan Chai Trophy over 1,200m, Noble Crusader took the honours after being given every chance by Felix Coetzee, with Firm Offer a half-length away second, Expectations back in third with Able Choice and Our Jet just behind the placegetters. The race has proved to be a great form reference as the season has progressed, with the fourth-placed Danacourt since emerging as a genuine Group-class performer, Brains Trust winning two starts later and even Chateau King Prawn, who finished second last, was victorious at his next assignment. While there doesn't appear a great deal between that pair, it could be well Firm Offer that will prove the superior horse, with Douglas Whyte taking the ride from an inside gate. Firm Offer's performance behind Noble Crusader was excellent after missing the start and coming around the entire field. The sprinter was unlucky at his next start behind Chateau King Prawn after getting too far out of his ground, the result of an ordinary getaway, before failing behind Brains Trust last start. On that occasion, the Fasliyev gelding struck trouble at the 800m mark and was forced wide before failing to come on in the straight but since then he has been freshened up, which is normally when he is at his most dangerous. After Noble Crusader's win, Eric Saint-Martin declared Expectations would have won with clear running and his opinion looked vindicated when the Peter Ng Bik-kuen-trained gelding came out at his next outing on the all-weather track and scored a smart victory, relegating Noble Crusader to fourth place. The shoe was on the other foot on this occasion as Noble Crusader's rider Coetzee declared a mid-race check had cost his horse certain victory and it was an opinion that was hard to argue against. Since that meeting both horses have been beaten - albeit with excuses - Expectations making ground in the closing stages despite being wide throughout behind Danacourt, and Noble Crusader being forced to use too much petrol early to overcome a wide gate and eventually being run down by Engineering Wonder. There is little doubt Noble Crusader will be the testing material again today but Expectations is well suited back to 1,200m, although he has to give away nine pounds. Able Choice, after a brilliant return to racing, had excuses behind Noble Crusader with a slow start, an early check and being held up in the straight all valid reasons for his defeat. Luck didn't go his way next start behind Chateau King Prawn either, with another slow getaway ruining any chance. Trainer John Moore elected to give the six-year-old a freshen-up subsequent to that event and it could well be a move that brings out the best in the six-time winner. An addition to the puzzle is Able Choice's stablemate Saint Thomas, who is more than capable on his day. The Danehill entire made satisfactory ground at his only appearance this season behind Expectations but will appreciate the return to the turf. Our Jet hasn't bothered the judge for 13 months but the Almond Lee Yee-tat-trained gelding will find this much more suitable than his last-start sixth to stablemate Planet Ruler in the International Sprint Trial 27 days ago and is likely to be right on the speed.