Frenchman maintains rich vein of form with a treble Five meetings down and the brilliant French rider Gerald Mosse finds himself flying atop the jockeys' leaderboard after tearing the heart out of the Happy Valley meeting last night in the space of an hour. Mosse was faultless on Super Dana and Barracuda for trainer Almond Lee Yee-tat in the third and fourth events, then added the fifth on the talented but wayward Noble Conqueror for Caspar Fownes. The treble gave Mosse eight wins from 28 rides and the unaccustomed role of the early championship pacemaker. 'Yes, it is unusual but I'll take it,' said Mosse. 'I've had some luck, my trainers have started the season well and things have worked out. It's always nice to get a good start - what you've already won, they can't take away from you.' Fownes had plenty to say about Noble Conqueror, who has now won two of his four starts, but not all of it was nice. 'Clearly he has the ability to go somewhere, to be a decent horse, but his temperament needs to improve if it's going to happen,' the trainer said after Mosse was able to overcome the Danehill gelding's habitual slow start to slide up the rail and give him as good a trip as anyone could have wished. 'He misses the start, he sweats buckets, and he's nearly impossible to saddle up at times. That's why he is doing most of his racing at Happy Valley - even though this isn't the ideal track for him, Noble Conqueror is a little bit easier to saddle up here.' Mosse's presence had been the winning factor in Super Dana's first-up victory at Sha Tin this season, and Mosse's awareness was again the important factor last night in Barracuda finding the rail in front. 'We were a bit lucky because Liaobuqi was probably the leader and he missed the start,' said Lee. 'But Gerald did a great job getting Barracuda out of the gates and straight to the rail. He is a much more confident horse when he has the rail. His win was a big surprise - in fact, he had quite a lot of racing last season and I wasn't sure how he would be in the early part of this season now that he is an eight-year-old - but he is racing well and just needed that bit of luck.' Highlight winners of the night were the promising four-year-olds, Tony Cruz's Floral Pegasus getting a perfect trip from Jacky Tong Chi-kit to take the American Club Challenge Cup and the Dennis Yip Chor-hong-trained Dordenma (Douglas Whyte) returning with an authoritative victory in the sixth. 'Last season, I wouldn't say he was doing things wrong but he was just a bit weak, and it left him struggling a touch at the mark he had reached,' Whyte said of Dordenma. 'But Dennis did the best thing possible and put him out and he's stronger now.' Australian jockey Danny Nikolic was unable to put his first win on the board for the season but stewards handed down his first suspension, a two-day ban and $10,000 fine after an incident on Elfhelm at the top of the straight in race four. The ban was deferred until after Nikolic fulfils a standing commitment in the Group Two Turnbull Stakes in Melbourne on October 7.