Promising River Jordan looks set to lower the boom on the unbeaten Sunny Power with a minor swing at the weights and an improved barrier draw in today's Ashley Handicap (1,400m) at Sha Tin. The exciting duo clashed over the same course and distance 20 days ago and Sunny Power took the honours by three-quarters of a length after being given a perfect ride by Douglas Whyte, despite the disadvantage of having begun from gate 10. River Jordan was also well handled by Eddie Lai Wai-ming on that occasion from gate 13, easing early to take a position with cover in the back half of the field but the four-year-old was held up for a stride when trying to improve his ground on the point of the home bend. By the time River Jordan worked into the clear, he was spotting Sunny Power around 31/2 lengths and his effort to get so close after showing excellent finishing speed was full of merit. In today's event River Jordan has drawn more favourably in gate seven and in-form jockey Manoel Nunes is likely to have the John Moore-trained four-year-old a lot closer to his main rival in the run. That being the case, and with a three-pound swing at the weights, this Australian-bred son of Irgun should be able to get home over the top of Sunny Power and show himself to be a horse well on the way to better-class races. Sunny Power will certainly be no soft snap, as the Francis Lui Kin-wai-trained gelding has also shown himself to be on the way to the top grade after compiling a perfect record from four starts. After two highly-impressive wins last season, the Honour And Glory gelding resumed with a workman-like victory over the luckless Always Giggle and promising Bear Macho, before having little trouble coping with the rise to 1,400m for the first time last start. Whyte has been on board the four-year-old in his three gallops since the victory and the youngster was simply brilliant in disposing of Arrogance in an 800m workout down the Sha Tin back straight on turf on Monday morning. The pair appears to have a mortgage on the event but if there was to be a surprise, it could come from the David Hall-trained Gallant Lion, to be ridden by Robbie Fradd. The Bletchley Park gelding turned in an outstanding effort first-up this season to run the promising Supreme Gains to a length before being posted off the track at his next start against Down Town. Hall opted to freshen up the four-year-old following his last-start fourth to the in-form Sir Ernesto and he showed he was in great order when finishing a close third to Wednesday night's winner Tiger Prawn in a barrier trial on November 17. Gallant Lion showed some real promise as a three-year-old in Western Australia, placing in the Group One Fruit 'n' Veg Stakes at this time last year, and he appears to be at the top of his game again. The capable Gold Striker resumes from a spell and is worth keeping safe from gate one, given he was successful over this course and distance when resuming last season. However, the wayward Jiang Jun is going to need plenty of luck to figure in the finish after drawing the outside barrier.