Enigmatic Carrizo Creek returns to the scene of the crime today at Sha Tin with the chance to upstage some up-and-comers in the Ma On Shan Handicap (1,600m). Three starts ago, Carrizo Creek (apprentice Thomas Yeung Kai-tong) turned on the show of his Hong Kong career with a devastating finish to blow apart a useful field over this course and distance and looked capable of better wins than a Class Three. Things have not quite gone as planned since, though, with the five-year-old outpointed by Disguise in a slowly-run 1,600m at the same track before giving away a big start then losing rider Eddie Lai Wai-ming in a horrid scrimmage at Happy Valley. This race promises to be somewhat different to the race behind Disguise, with a decent speed almost guaranteed by the presence of Solar Empire (Franky Tsui Kwan-wai). That horse comes back 10 days after he led by a big margin and wasn't beaten that far in the race won by Prime Score over this same trip and while he may not lead by quite as far this time, he usually runs along in the vanguard of his races. That will suit Carrizo Creek, who has only been able to perform when ridden quietly early and he will probably ensure he is out the back early by stepping out slowly anyway. But when he did have a reasonable tempo to run at on November 12, he won his second start for trainer John Moore by a wide space and the race should set up similarly today. The likely punters' favourite, the Paul O'Sullivan-trained Jade Dragonfly (Olivier Doleuze), looks the horse he will have to beat. With both rider and trainer on fire this season, Jade Dragonfly is impossible to ignore as a strong claimant. Jade Dragonfly was very solid winning his first two this term then ran well behind Time Supreme albeit getting every chance. At his latest outing, he had no luck in the straight when held up significantly for much of the straight before getting out into the clear far too late and finishing third to Gold Field. He has an awkward draw - 11 - but is another who should benefit from the likelihood of a good speed. Flying Tamari (Gerald Mosse) is racing well and had little luck at his latest outing, getting into some trouble when Mosse wanted to start his finishing run before charging in the final 150m to finish second to Master Marauder. The Tony Millard-trained Calcando (Felix Coetzee) is another with the ability to win and his recent trial when ridden cold early might have advertised a change in tactics this time. He has been a disappointing proposition going forward in his races this term after looking a high-grader as a three-year-old, but showed some more enthusiasm for his task when allowed to settle early in the trial before launching a brilliant finish in the final 200m.