Followers of statistics editor Vincent Wong, alias Shannon, received a huge pay day at Saturday's Sha Tin meeting when their man correctly labelled Win For All to take the opening event at the dream odds of 30-1. Wong is well known for his aversion to short-priced favourites and his love of a longshot. On this occasion, he read the play perfectly with the David Hall-trained galloper. Wong figured, correctly, that Wiki Wiki and Keen Flyer were false favourites and he also knew that well-fancied Brave Knight had been struggling in his trackwork. So he began looking further afield in his bid to identify the winner and his followers were rewarded with a $303.50 payout. That was certainly not the end for Wong, who also found Sure Joy ($40) and favourite Supreme Gains (heavily backed into $22) later in the programme. Tonight at the opening Happy Valley meeting of the season, trackwork and trials may be of greater value than pure race form as most runners resume off long breaks. However, the weight of money that is making Thunder Man a $48 favourite in the sixth event is hard to fathom, with the booking of Douglas Whyte (pictured) being the only possible explanation. Thunder Man is now prepared by sophomore handler, Me Tsui Yu-sak, but must be giving the trainer some concerns because he has rarely worked any horse more sparingly. Thunder Man has had only three pieces of 'fast' work this preparation, and even those were really steady pieces rather than testing. The gelding hasn't been to the trials and his last gallop was on September 2. Back in the days when training genius Ivan Allan was at the peak of his powers, horses from his yard could occasionally win first-up on such a limited preparation. But for the majority of the time, such skinny trackwork report cards should be seen as a red light for punters. Typically, Whyte is expected to be a key player again tonight. His other mounts are Danriva (race one, $73), Top Stitch (race two, $28 favourite), G-One Leading (race three, $49 favourite), Active Valour (race five, $36 favourite), Grand Supreme (race seven, $21 favourite) and Kowloon Fit (race eight, $120).