Australian teenager Nick Ryan will have his last chance to bring home a winner on Ever King at Happy Valley tonight after being released from his club jockey contract yesterday. Ryan (pictured) plans to return to his home in Melbourne late tonight or tomorrow and will ride either the David Hayes-trained Polar Bear or Adelaide Cup winner Demerger in the important Turnbull Stakes at Flemington on Saturday. 'The lack of winning opportunities has been disappointing here but what's been even harder has been staying here by myself,' said Ryan, who at 18 years old was the youngest rider to be granted a club licence in Hong Kong. 'I've been very homesick and not settling in at all. The other riders here are mostly guys with wives and families but I've found it difficult on my own.' It was Ryan's second aborted stint in Hong Kong after the former whiz-kid apprentice broke a bone in a foot at Happy Valley last season, having had only a handful of rides. Ever King is the $59 second favourite in overnight markets for the fourth race, where impressive last-start winner Maverick (Eddie Lai Wai-ming) is a worthy public elect at $35. Ever King had no luck at his first run back in the new season, when handled by Felix Coetzee. The John Moore-trained galloper received the backwash of interference at the 600 metres and sent him backwards by an estimated two lengths, just when Coetzee was stoking him up to go forward. In the final stages, Ever King worked home stylishly for fifth, beaten just 3.8 lengths behind Present Treasure. While Ever King is Ryan's one-and-only prospect, Lai looks to have a strong book of rides at the midweek fixture and Maverick is clearly one of his best mounts. The popular local lightweight has build up a fine association with this Caspar Fownes-trained galloper and tonight bids to stretch that partnership scoreline to three wins and two seconds from just five rides. Other Lai mounts with realistic chances are Master Able ($84) in the opener for bottom-grade horses, topweight Choice And Chance ($100) in the second, Danehill Warrior at the value price of $190 in the third, Wonderful Blessing ($64) in the fifth and Evergreen ($120) in the sixth.