Trainers heap praise after great rides Glen Boss is fast becoming the tactical king of the jockey ranks and last night netted a surprise double by turning established racing patterns upside down. Boss won the third event for Derek Cruz on Encore Win, backed down from $190 to $141.50, and completed his two timer by making Tom's Six ($86) look a transformed horse in the final event. Trainer Caspar Fownes was the brains behind the Tom's Six turnaround, with the former West Australian racer having run a lacklustre ninth over the 1,650 metres course just seven days earlier. But even he marvelled at how Tom's Six - a renowned backmarker - went forward so effortlessly under Boss' gentle encouragement and then dropped the bit to settle on the outside of leader Nilometer. 'All credit to Glen, he did a great job,' Fownes said. 'I wanted him to be ridden more forward today because he's just been giving away big starts and making life too tough for himself. 'Last week he was pulling really hard back in the field and gave Brett [Prebble] a torrid time. So I said to Glen we should let him slide forward today and see what happened. I wasn't 100 per cent convinced, but I know he's a very fit horse and thought because of that he might just settle better.' With Howard Cheng Yue-tin getting away with some cheap sections up front, the D'Aquilar Peak Handicap ended up a leader-dominated race and the first two to turn for home fought out the finish, with Tom's Six holding off Nilometer to score. Boss made it look easy on Encore Win, who drew the outside alley in a field of 12 at the 1,200-metres start but was in front and coasting before the first turn. 'That was a great ride from Glen,' winning trainer Cruz said. 'After he crossed the field he took hold and allowed Grand Commands to lead him, so he ended up in the box seat from gate 12. That was just perfect because he [Encore Win] can race a bit fiercely if he sees a lot of daylight. No doubt it was the ride that won the race.' Fownes completed a double of his own, with former stable apprentice turned freelance rider Jacky Tong Chi-kit getting an early wedding present on Rich Dragon ($93.50). 'I'm delighted for Jacky and I'm thrilled for the owners, who have been so patient with this horse,' said Fownes, who moved to 39 on the trainers' standings and just four wins behind leader John Size. 'He's drawn wide barriers so many times and has ended up further back in the field than he otherwise would have been from a better draw. Tonight, I told Jacky to make sure he used his good alley and that's been the difference between victory and defeat.' Francis Lui Kin-wai and his allocated apprentice, Alex Lai Hoi-wing, chimed in with a double of their own, starting with Racing Spirit in a blanket finish to the opening event and following up with rejuvenated miler Add The Fun in the seventh. 'Alex is flying at the moment,' Lui said, generously deflecting all praise to the three-pound claimer. 'He's riding with such confidence and he seems to be transmitting that confidence to his horses.' Add The Fun was a last-start winner over the same course and distance, which made the earlier quote of 19-1 look very attractive despite the fact the seven-year-old had been elevated back into Class Three. 'Although he was up in class, the races seemed pretty similar,' Lui explained. 'There looked like being a lot of speed up front and that made me think they could open up and he might be able to get in from his wide barrier. Alex did the rest and it worked out perfectly.' It was a quiet night in the stewards' room, with no riders transgressing and the only incident out of the ordinary being the breakdown of Fortune Wheel in race five, with fractures to his front sesamoid bones.