The Derek Cruz-trained Fun Rider extended his lead at the top of the 1010 Happy Valley Million Challenge last night to keep the ball rolling for Hong Kong racing's newest hot combination. Cruz and Australian rider Tye Angland have teamed up to brilliant effect in the past month since Angland arrived in Hong Kong and Fun Rider became their fifth winner together in the featured Fakei Cup (1,650m). 'I came here expecting the horse to run well but the wide gate was a worry - we just had to take a sit behind and hope it worked out,' said Cruz, who is a past winner of the 1010 Million Challenge in its early days with Fruity Fruity and has targeted the Valley-based series this season. 'I told the owner early that Fun Rider was the right horse at the right stage of his career for the Million Challenge so he'll keep racing here to try and win it,' added Cruz after the four-year-old had extended his lead in the series to 13 points with the victory. Cruz also has the older gelding Holiday Sun vying for a high position on the table for the series, which ends in February. Riding honours on the night fell to Alex Lai Hoi-wing, who landed another treble with The Untouchablelad for Peter Ho Leung and a pair for Francis Lui Kin-wai on Amazing Fortune and Our Pegasus. 'Amazing Fortune had not won for a long time until he won in Class Five last start but I think that win gave him his confidence back,' said Lui. 'He had been a winner in Class Four before so he was good enough if he produced his form.' His second winner, Our Pegasus, has looked an improved horse since moving to Lui from Tony Millard's yard this season, relaxing so much better in his races that he was able to handle 1,200m last night after previously being just a speedball. 'Actually, now I think that the 1,000m that suited him before is too short for him,' Lui said. 'But I'm happy that the horse is going so well. The owners moved three horses to me this season and I thought this one in particular was the best mover and a horse with some good talent to work with.' The David Hall-trained Happy Tumbler (Brett Prebble) has been nothing if not honest and he stepped up to 1,800m last night to win his third race from 15 starts here. 'He's done pretty well here for a horse whose last win before he came over was on a very heavy track in Adelaide,' said Hall, who has had something of a knack with horses from his home town of Adelaide. 'Unfortunately he'll start running out of races here now as his rating is climbing. We might have to try him back at Sha Tin.' Like Cruz, Danny Shum Chap-shing is rolling along with a nice strike rate this season and did nothing to harm it by scoring an upset win with the first of his two runners last night. Well-backed from over 30-1 down to 13-1, Healthy Manner found the 2,200m Class Five contest and a nicely rated Darren Beadman ride in front to his liking but Shum confessed he hadn't been over-confident before the event. 'All credit must go to Darren - not only did he rate the horse perfectly, but he also helped find the secret to this horse,' Shum said. 'Many jockeys have been on this horse and they all have got off and said it is rubbish, so the big odds drop wasn't stable money, that's for sure. 'I have been riding him in trackwork and he is not a very brave horse so we wanted to try and ride him in the lead tonight.'