It couldn't have been more appropriate, as Sha Tin bustled with Macanese visitors on Hong Kong-Macau Trophy day that one of their own, two-times champion jockey Manoel Nunes, should take riding honours with a treble. Nunes took the afternoon opener on well-bred debutant Lifeline Pals, the Class Three sprint with Winning Fellowship and completed a sparkling afternoon at the office when Fujian Prince claimed the 10th event on the all-weather in the very last stride. Lifeline Pals and Fujian Prince represented a double for trainer Tony Millard, and Nunes said it's a relationship he is keen to develop. 'Tony is a very good trainer and his horses are all looking well and racing well,' Nunes said. 'I really like Lifeline Pals as a horse. He was almost ready to race two months ago but had to have some time off, but that time off may be a blessing in disguise. Today he jumped well, showed good speed and was always going to be the one to beat.' For breeding students, it was no surprise that Lifeline Pals is a smart two-year-old. 'The International Sale graduate is a 'brother-in-blood' to Polar Express, winner of the world's richest race for two-year-olds, the STC Golden Slipper Stakes. By way of explanation, Lifeline Pals and Polar Express are by the same sire, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Success Express, while their mothers Gladden (Lifeline Pals) and Patou (Polar Express) are sisters. Winning Fellowship gave Nunes his first winner for the stable of Danny Shum Chap-shing, and Nunes hopes it may be the first of many. 'This horse had a bit more to give, but I really haven't done anything on him in the last 100 metres because he was wanting to lay in quite badly,' Nunes explained. Nunes completed his three-timer, and racked up his 31st winner of his debut Hong Kong season, by claiming the Class Three over 1,650 metres on the artificial surface with Fujian Prince ($61.50), who made it back-to-back wins after winning a Class Four over the same course and distance on the March 25 meeting. 'I think this horse is very honest and tries very hard,' Nunes observed. 'I thought he might get back a bit further but with his light weight and an inside barrier, he had no trouble holding a forward position. 'It was good thing, too, because the way the race was run he could not have come from any further back. 'I've only grabbed the winner right on the line but my horse was very willing and gave me his best when I asked him for everything in the last 100 metres.' Tony Millard's day wasn't all upside. He was fined HK$20,000 over the accidental medication of Sing Fay Fay on Saturday morning with the bronchodilator Clenbuterol. Sing Fay Fay was scratched by order of the stewards from race seven.