Put Sean Woods and Johan Victoire together and watch what happens could have been the theme of last night's Happy Valley card, as trainer Woods racked up his first winning treble in tandem with the young French rider to steal the show. The partnership struck first in the night's feature when Plan B took the Hong Kong Club Challenge Cup (1,000m) in a boilover then honest Confucius Classic got the win he deserved in the seventh before Watch What Happens provided another surprise in the final race. Woods took his tally to 12 wins before the halfway mark of the season after end of term tallies of 17, 16 and 17 in the past three years, but the consistent strong performances from his runners this season have been noticeable. 'It's great. The horses are all really running much better this season,' said Woods, who has provided all five of Victoire's winning mounts to date. 'That's really just coincidence, actually. For example, Brett Prebble would have ridden Plan B and Howard Cheng [Yue-tin] would have ridden Confucius Classic but they had other commitments. 'It was difficult for them because they'd taken other rides in these races and I decided to back up both horses quite quickly after good runs without luck. But Johan was in the right spot at the right time.' To rub salt into the wound for Prebble, who rode the runner-up in the feature race, Towkay Flyer, Woods gave full credit for the win by Plan B to the Australian. 'It was thanks to Brett that I dropped him back to 1,000m. Brett suggested it after the run last time on the dirt when Plan B showed a lot of natural pace and ran well but Brett thought he had overthought the race a bit and the horse might enjoy to just come back to the shorter trip,' Woods explained. 'As for Confucius Classic, well, he's been unlucky his last three or four runs and really deserved to win. He got the fast pace that he likes and Johan gave him a great ride, produced him at the right time and it's great to see the horse win.' Prebble got his consolation on Speedy Warrior for David Ferraris when the recent acquisition won in a common canter in the fifth race after a copybook box seat ride. 'He was going half pace on the home turn and I don't know if it was just a poor field but he's done that very easily,' said Ferraris. 'I've actually got a few of these Desert Fox horses. He raced in Hong Kong for one of my owners, Paul Kan [Man-lok] and won a Sha Tin Trophy, and Paul has him standing at stud in New Zealand.' Local rider Alex Lai Hoi-wing racked up a double on Zero Gravity for Tony Cruz in the Class Five and Fluke for Peter Ho Leung in the sixth and looked to have the Jockey Challenge parcelled up. But not only did Victorie spoil that party by arriving in front for a third time on Watch What Happens, but stewards found Lai guilty of careless riding on Fluke later and handed out a two-day ban and $30,000 fine. Apprentice Keith Leung Ming-lun stood down from his rides last night with a toe injury but will be declared this morning for runners on the weekend, with trainers asked to nominate a standby jockey for his mounts. Suspended French jockey Eric Saint-Martin was yesterday issued with a formal request by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Licensing Committee to show cause why his club licence should be continued. The hearing will take place on February 24.