The king of Happy Valley, trainer Caspar Fownes, defied all the accepted practices at the quirky city course last night but managed to produce the win of the night from Ocean Wide. On a night of surprises, Ocean Wide gave Mark du Plessis the first leg of a long-priced double when he hurtled from the outside gate early to cross the field and lead - tactics that Fownes himself admitted were a question mark. 'The percentages are all against you doing that from out there on the B course,' Fownes admitted. 'But I have always had an opinion of this horse, he had trialled well and I just asked Mark to get him out of the gates running and see if he could get across.' Not only did Ocean Wide get to the rail, but he shot away again in the straight for a hollow victory reminiscent of his full brother of a few years go, the high class sprinter Cheerful Fortune. 'As a three-year-old, he was nervy and impossible to keep condition on,' Fownes explained. 'He had a couple of races and they weren't bad and probably what he was able to do at that stage. But this season, he has put on some weight and done everything right and I stood by the fax on Monday waiting for the draw feeling pretty good about his chances until I saw gate 12. But what I liked was how Ocean Wide still came back under Mark even after being burned out of the gates like that.' It was the first leg of a double for Fownes, who finally broke through with frustrating Kaiser's Choix (Darren Beadman), and for Du Plessis, to whom Fownes kept a promise from last term. 'I rode Ocean Wide when I first got here and he was a puny sort of horse then, but he has improved a lot,' the jockey said. 'Caspar said then I could get back on him this season and he was as good as his word.' It was doubles all around, with Du Plessis' second win on Kenobe the first leg of a pair to get German trainer Andreas Schutz off the mark for the season. Schutz took the night's Cup race with the useful young stayer then added Time Supreme (Eric Saint-Martin) with a big finish in the final race. 'The horses had been racing well but I just hadn't had winners until tonight,' said Schutz. 'Kenobe had trialled well and he does have that good turn of foot that wins you races. I think there's more to come although he isn't the sort who is going to go through the ratings in big steps. All I told Mark was to make sure he gave the horse plenty of room to make his run.' Schutz received Time Supreme towards the end of last season and hadn't been disappointed with his first start for the yard in an unsuitable tempo in July. 'Douglas Whyte got off him and said the run was better than it looked and he would be happy to ride him again, but tonight he was already booked for Mellifluous so I went to Eric and he always rides these strong-finishers so well,' Schutz said. Darren Beadman landed the only two favourites to score in Kaiser's Choix and the John Moore-trained Victory Conqueror as the Moore stable kept its strike rate intact. 'I think he's taken the next step from last season,' said Beadman of the latter. 'It's amazing what difference a few months made in him and he should come on again for that.' And early in the night, it was Andy Leung Ting-wah combined with jockey Howard Cheng Yue-tin who landed the night's opening double in the first two events with Lucky Money and Mutual Gain. Cheng, who landed the Jockey Challenge on a countback, needed the cash to pay a $5,000 fine as he went down in history as the first rider to be penalised under new rule regarding safety gear. Cheng was found to have ridden trackwork on Tuesday wearing a non-approved helmet.