For a horse who has competed honourably against Sacred Kingdom, Absolute Champion and Scintillation in Group races, Regency Horse had the look of a very well graded type in the Class Three Chek Keng Handicap. It was also a successful homecoming for owners Wong Shun-yuen and Wong Shin-ngai, who had a 'separation' from trainer Tony Cruz last year that simply proved absence makes the heart grow fonder. After seven-year-old Regency Horse ($104) made short work of his younger rivals in Class Three, with the help of Matthew Chadwick's 10-pound claim, Cruz recalled the 'minor dispute' that led to Regency Horse leaving his yard at the end of the 2006-07 season. 'We were having some difficulty agreeing on programming and things like that, I really don't want to go into it because what's done is done, it's all behind us now,' Cruz said. 'But when the Wongs came to me and asked if I would take the horse back this season, I said 'of course, welcome back' and now our association is stronger than ever.' During Regency Horse's season away, the New Zealand-bred son of Stravinsky raced 13 times without success. But the 'prize' was a huge rating drop - he had his last run for Cruz as a 113 rating and returned to the yard in October having dropped to 79 and therefore below the Class Three threshold. Stable changes are one of the curiosities of Hong Kong racing. Just as Cruz was a beneficiary yesterday, he knows it can go the other way just as easily. And every trainer knows that there is often just happy coincidence about the horses finding winning form for them after the other trainer has gone through the thankless task of getting a horse to a mark where he can become competitive again. During his original stint with Cruz, Regency Horse won a Premier race and was placed third to Absolute Champion and Sacred Kingdom in the 2007 Group One Chairman's Sprint Prize. Yesterday, he was back in action over that precise course and distance, but there was not a Group One horse in sight.