Brett Prebble's efforts behind the scenes paid dividends when he landed Safety First at his first ride on the four-year-old as part of a double for the Australian. Prebble has regularly ridden the David Hall-trained Cheeky Lad, who produced his true form in the Foshan Handicap (1,200m) to score, but Safety First was a mount the jockey had actively sought from Ricky Yiu Poon-fie. 'I chased the ride on him because I quite admired him last season,' Prebble said. 'I like his character, the way he gets his head down and really tries and that was a good effort to win today over 1,400m, which is definitely too short for him. 'He has strengthened up a bit during the break and I think he still has some more furnishing to do so there's more to come. Today was a really good effort but I'm looking forward to riding him when he is right at his top and over 2,000 metres because that's when he'll be seen at his best.' As for Cheeky Lad, his work had been brilliant but according to Prebble that was nothing new. 'It has taken a while, but finally he's done what he has always shown on the track,' he said. Stewards got stuck in for the first time this term, with Glen Boss and Jacky Tong Chi-kit finding themselves on the wrong side of the law. Boss pleaded guilty after an incident involving Ocean Tranquil and Safety First in the sixth and received a two-day ban and HK$10,000 fine, while Tong also got two days and a HK$15,000 fine for his steering of Go Johnny Go in race 10. Boss' penalty begins after Wednesday's meeting, while Tong asked for a deferral until after next Sunday's fixture at Sha Tin. Apprentice Way Leung Ming-wai got an early start on chasing his six-win tally of the past two seasons when he worked the oracle on quirky eight-year-old Dongguan Victory for trainer Me Tsui Yu-sak. Leung, one rider whose career has been resurrected by the weight claim for local jockeys, managed to fulfil the only instruction he was given before the Shenzhen Handicap (1,400m) to bring up the day's only surprise win. 'I thought he was in good form in himself but when he gets behind, he just won't go,' said Tsui. 'So my only instruction was to try to go forward and he managed to get outside the leader.' Telecom Tycoon's scratching from race one had a different sort of story to it, with the eight-year-old withdrawn by the stewards on the chance that he might turn up a positive. Straight Victory, who had been housed in the adjoining stable, had been receiving treatment with phenylbutazone paste for a fever, and when Telecom Tycoon's trainer Derek Cruz found out, he brought it to the attention of stewards. Last season, we had the case of the Yiu-trained Elfhelm helping himself to some feed in the next stable containing a similar treatment and later returning a positive swab, so stewards scratched Telecom Tycoon to avoid the possibility of a repeat.