Christophe Soumillon, the jockey with unmatched star appeal, has become the focus of punters' attention at Happy Valley tonight where he will ride the favourites in four of the first six races. Soumillon received a huge compliment last week from Jockey Club executive director of racing Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges when he said that the Belgian ace had more 'star quality' than any jockey in the world at the present time, with the possible exception of the great Frankie Dettori. Certainly, the two-time champion jockey of France has been warmly embraced by local racing fans, who have become engrossed in the way he's increased the gradient of competition in Hong Kong racing. For the past two months, perennial champion jockey Douglas Whyte has been given some serious rivalry as Soumillon has quickly racked up 20 winners at a strike-rate of 17.7 per cent - bettering even Whyte's prodigious 16.9 per cent rate of success. Tonight, Soumillon will take the reins for early tote favourites Dongguan Victory ($28) in the opening event, Daneman Hill ($26) in the second, Constellation ($30) in the fourth and Wait For Me ($38) in the sixth. He's also on Plezayre, the $46 second favourite, for in-form trainer John Moore in the third. Whyte, meanwhile, has certainly not been ignored by his army of fans, notwithstanding the fact that he missed most of Saturday's Sha Tin meeting after that shocking fall from Asset Play. Two of the Durban Demon's mounts are early favourites - Kiddy Sing ($47) for John Size in race five and the progressive Dordenma ($39) in the seventh. Howard Cheng Yue-tin takes over from Whyte on last-start winner Lucky Fruit, the overnight $43 favourite for the final event, a Class Three handicap over 1,000 metres. Cheng's two-pound allowance as a senior local rider brings Lucky Fruit's impost down to 113 pounds, a drop of 16 pounds on the weight he carried to victory down the straight 1,000m course in Class Four at Sha Tin last time. Soumillon's mount in the last, the ultra-consistent Amo, will be aiming for points to add to his tally as the leader in this season's Happy Valley Million Challenge. He is the only one of the leading point scorers engaged tonight.