Alex Lai Hoi-wing has big shoes to fill tonight when he is legged on board the promising Classa Supreme, but the young apprentice should be up to the task of getting the best out of the wayward chestnut in the Queen's Road East Handicap (1,650m) at Happy Valley. It took the Peter Ho Leung-trained gelding nine starts to open his account in Hong Kong, but he certainly turned heads when scoring a runaway success on December 6 at the city circuit. The five-year-old lined up in a leg of the International Jockeys' Championship and was partnered by champion French jockey Olivier Peslier, but his chances looked doomed early after setting a very fast first sectional and opening up a big mid-race lead. If that wasn't enough, the gelding wanted to lay out for most of the journey and then hung badly into the middle of the course in the home straight. Amazingly, Classa Supreme maintained a strong gallop to the line and ran out an impressive winner in a smart time. Lai has ridden Classa Supreme in all his other races and is obviously well aware of his wayward tendencies. Despite taking a rise in class, Classa Supreme drops 19 pounds in weight after the claim for Lai and he looks certain to again bowl along in the lead. He will be the one they all have to run down. While Lai has been entrusted with a difficult job, fellow apprentice Jacky Tong Chi-kit will need to be right at the top of his game to coax the best out of the talented Noble Conqueror, who is anything but straightforward. The Danehill gelding has won three of his nine starts and is a horse on the rise, but it has taken the expertise of Brett Prebble, Gerald Mosse and Olivier Dolueze to get the four-year-old to focus. Noble Conqueror is renowned for getting worked up before a race and rarely jumps with the rest of the field, which puts his rider straight into a difficult situation. The Caspar Fownes-trained gelding has been luckless on several occasions but he will only have to run up to his excellent last-start third to All Chances and Ever Bright to be right in the finish. Should cracks appear in either Classa Supreme or Noble Conqueror, Douglas Whyte looks most likely to take full advantage on the John Size-trained Super Honey. The five-year-old showed he was on the verge of returning to his best with a solid effort two starts back behind Walkonthewildside, before having valid excuses after being caught off the track throughout. The gelding will appreciate returning to Happy Valley, looks set to get an easy run on the back of the speed from gate four and should be right at his peak after two runs from a let-up. Size has reapplied the blinkers to ensure Super Honey regains 100 per cent focus.