Even with his late arrival and a horse that wasn't perfect, Malaysian Quzier Ambak, on Calano, was the winner of the FEI World Cup qualifier in yesterday's Hong Kong international horse show. After working out Calano on Thursday, Ambak flew back home for the end of Ramadan and did not return to Hong Kong until just a few hours before the start of yesterday's competition. Still, on a course of 1.35 to 1.4 metre jumps, Ambak, who was one of three international competitors, was the only rider to clear the round. Australians Paul Athanasoff, on Open Treasure, and Chris Chugg, on Chivas, finished second and third, respectively. 'The course was tough enough and big enough,' Ambak said. 'I was actually lucky [with the horse] since I've been in Hong Kong, he hasn't been in the same condition. He's had problems with his legs, his sinuses, lost a lot of weight - he's not 100 per cent, but hopefully better for the next two shows.' After a one-week break, there will be two more competition weekends. Hong Kong Jockey Club equestrian manager Stuart Mitchell said the competitions were going as expected, but he wanted more competitors. 'I wish there were a lot more entries,' Mitchell said. For example, the World Cup class, the largest jumping class of the day, had just five entries. The class before, with jumps of 1.1 to 1.2 metres had just three. 'It's been running smoothly,' Mitchell said of the shows. 'The only shame is that I wish there had been more Hong Kong riders here riding at the higher level.' Stuart said Malaysia, which held previous rounds of the World Cup qualifier, averaged 10 riders in the World Cup class and Ambak said there were about 15 during the first leg. Many of those riders, from the Philippines and Thailand were unable to attend as they are preparing for the Southeast Asian Games. But Chugg, who was competing this weekend for the first time, had a positive response to the competition. 'I've been impressed,' Chugg said. 'I've heard a lot about the preparation for the competitions. Hopefully I can beat these two [Ambak and Athanasoff] in the next two weeks.'