With the exception of Ambitious Dragon and Sacred Kingdom, Sunday's Sha Tin meeting probably saw most of the local candidates for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races. The Premier Bowl and Sha Tin Trophy are both notable for the consistent defeats of favourites over the years. No outright favourite has won the Trophy for 21 years and no favourite has won the Bowl in its six runnings as a Group race (and things weren't much better prior to that either.) The Premier Bowl is a small sample as a Group race but winners have been 34-1, 20-1, 14-1 and 12-1 before Cerise Cherry was second favourite in 2010, so Rich Unicorn at 64-1 didn't exactly overturn the pattern of the race and, like most of the winners, he carried no weight. But while the handicaps played a part and he will have terms conditions to deal with next, it is interesting to look back at past results with the same in mind and be wary of underestimating Rich Unicorn. When Absolute Champion won the Bowl in 2006 at 34-1, he carried just 113 pounds but was able to go on to the main event and win brilliantly at level weights in December. Royal Delight won the Bowl with 114 pounds but ran third to Sacred Kingdom in December, while Green Birdie had 120 pounds in his Bowl victory before his neck second on international day. All three, despite being lightly handicapped in the Bowl, were able to translate that into a good international performance despite an apparent weight disadvantage in the main event. The 2009 Premier Bowl winner, Inspiration, failed to fire in December but runner-up One World was also second in the Hong Kong Sprint. Since attaining Group status, only in 2010 was the Bowl not a race of consequence to the Hong Kong Sprint, notably in the year when J J The Jet Plane and Rocket Man wrested the international race from the locals. Objectively, Entrapment had his chance to win on Sunday, but just as importantly, he did hold his form from winning first-up and has built himself a platform to return to his best now that he has those two runs under the belt from such a long break. With the advantage of the five-pound allowance for non-Group One winners in the Jockey Club Sprint, he is the horse to beat again and should go to December 11 as the horse with all the momentum. The conclusions to be drawn from the Sha Tin Trophy are trickier, since the runners may ultimately go to different targets and the last winner to win again on international day as well was Indigenous, in the Vase over 2,400m in 1998. Sunday's race was the slowest-run race of the day - giving some cause for concern with Beauty Flash, who seemed niggled to hold his place during the race, but highlighted the effort of California Memory, who reels off sub-22 sectionals at a whim. He returned at something like his best, as did Irian, while we didn't see Sichuan Success tested. Xtension was sound if not sensational, but they all have more to find if they are going to trouble Ambitious Dragon.