Trainer Danny Shum Chap-shing went into the final meeting of the year at Happy Valley sitting fourth in the trainers' premiership with 18 winners and No Ties will be adding to the stable's numbers following an encouraging fourth in the Class Four Saturn Handicap (1,200m).
The lightly raced gelding had excuses at Sha Tin last season - scoping for mucous after being twice hampered over 1,200m in May and was never better than four deep from a wide gate in a July effort over 1,400m.
He stayed on for a creditable third behind the revamped Solar Great off a mid-field run, despite being baulked for a run 200m out, when resuming on November 4 over 1,200m. Then returning 21 days later over 1,400m, he was out of play after a torrid run without cover and was later scoped for mucous in his trachea.
Sharper for a nice Valley trial on December 15, the four-year-old was a near 8-1 third choice in betting.
He was ridden out of the gates to settle midfield along the fence, and was closing off well before having to steady in the shadows of the post between Young Talent, who was shooting through underneath him for the win.
The New Zealand-bred is a son of Miswaki stallion Bachelor Duke and Cape Cross mare Teen A Te. Bachelor Duke is a half-brother to the disappointing Cartoon Fay Fay, and has fathered the winners Hinyuen Paladin, Packing Buddy and Racing Reward from his seven other performers in Hong Kong.
Teen A Te won a 850m sprint in New Zealand and has produced two other foals by stallion Traditionally, including Linkin and Gold Streak. Teen A Te is also a half-sister to the Brisbane Cup winner Crossthestraight and the evergreen Bouncer from the Caspar Fownes yard.