The opportunities on the all-weather for John Size-trained Liberal's Knight are few and far between but the ultra-consistent six-year-old should handle the step up in trip to make him the horse to beat in tonight's Lok Sin Tong Cup. The gelding arrived in Hong Kong on a rating of 85 in 2005 but has rarely raced below the 90s, a rating zone where dirt races just don't happen often enough. His relatively limited exposure to the surface has been most fruitful, winning three times and finishing out of the placings only twice in nine attempts. A recent 1,200m winner on the surface, Liberal's Knight (Felix Coetzee) put in one of his best runs last time out, though finishing only fourth to Royal Pericles over that trip. He was forced to sit back from a wide draw, but finished powerfully in the final stages in a leader-dominated finish. He carried 133 pounds then and will concede weight all around again tonight, but the key to his prospects looks to be a good draw in gate four. Liberal's Knight will have the pace for Coetzee to position him wherever he wishes, most likely tucked in behind what promises to be a sturdy tempo. It is two years since Liberal's Knight tackled the 1,650m trip, but there wasn't much to find fault with in his two efforts over the course. In late 2005, he finished off strongly into third in a good-class race at 1,650m at only his second run in Hong Kong, and was caught wide from a bad draw when he last attempted it in March 2006. Size has restricted him to 1,200m on the dirt since to good effect, but the way he finished off last time suggests the extra distance is not going to be an issue. Much further down in the weights, Derek Cruz and Glen Boss team up with Operation Secret for the night's feature and the four-year-old is due for a change of luck. He was caught three wide throughout his event at Happy Valley last time and looks a horse who might appreciate the dirt at his first attempt, having shown a liking for give underfoot on the turf. From gate six, he should have a more comfortable passage tonight and be finishing strongly. Dirt specialist Fat Choy Forever (Terry Wong Chi-wai) rises in grade for his convincing all-the-way win over tonight's course in Class Three, but he has a tiny weight to carry and his issue is likely to be the more competitive pace than the class.