It was a rather bemused Danny Shum Chap-shing who sauntered to the winner's stall to greet Town Of Fionn after the gelding's blinding comeback win in yesterday's HK$1.6 million Chief Executive's Cup. It was two years to the day since Town Of Fionn was the best of good things beaten in this race and 24 months is an unlikely timeframe, especially in horse racing, for justice to finally be done. Since then, Town Of Fionn has been through the wars and spent the 2005-06 season winless. In fact, in the latter part of last season he accumulated a formline that read like retirement might have been a more desirable option. The gelding's astonishing form turnaround had an unusual secret - and the answer was Shum himself. 'I did not ride work at all last season because I had a stable jockey,' Shum said. 'But this year, I decided to come back to riding trackwork and when I rode this horse I found he was doing some very funny things - running left, running right, he was not happy at all. 'So I stayed with him and started working with him, changing a few things, giving him some confidence in himself again.' Shum knew he was on the right track at the pre-season trials last Saturday, when Town Of Fionn ran a cracking third to Hong Kong Sprint winner Natural Blitz. In the trial, Town Of Fionn was handled by Robbie Fradd, and although the chestnut was beaten 33/4 lengths by the Group One speedball, it was encouraging to see him do so under restraint. 'I told Robbie I thought I had him going well and Robbie really liked the trial,' Shum said. 'Robbie was disappointed when he drew barrier 14 on Thursday but I said, 'Don't worry, just go back and take your time'. There was plenty of pace on up front and everything went well.' When Fradd is told to go back and take his time, the South African champion is elevated to his riding nirvana. There may be other jockeys as good at the waiting game, but none better. 'Robbie is a great jockey but he excels on that sort of horse,' Shum said. 'He rode Fairy King Prawn for us when I was with Ivan Allan and all his big wins were achieved that way. So I knew I had the right jockey for the right occasion.' With noted speedsters Our Jet, Able Prince and Figures hot-footing it up front, a strong tempo was never an issue and Fradd played the waiting game to perfection. After crossing from the outside alley, he ensured Town Of Fionn had cover until well into the straight, where he produced him for one, stunning, brutal burst. Although Town Of Fionn arrived late on the scene, his final flourish made the victory an overwhelming one and gave Fradd a real thrill. 'I'm best when fresh,' joked Fradd, who won the Group One Singapore Derby on Falstaff during July. 'It's great to come back after the break and hit form like that straight away. I appreciate Danny giving me that opportunity and I hope we might be able to do a bit more together.' Runner-up Regency Horse (Marco Chui Kwan-lai) performed with merit, kicking on for a brave second after racing the breeze three-wide for most of the race. Helene Pillaging (Jacky Tong Chi-kit) worked home late to gain third in the final few strides at the expense of Our Jet (Howard Cheng Yue-tin), who had made a valiant attempt to lead throughout. Last year's winner, Able Prince, weakened in the run home to finish ninth.