Hong Kong's own "cups king" John Moore hasn't had much to play for this season in terms of trophy events but Invictus can set that right in the Wayfoong Centenary Bowl (1,650m) at Happy Valley tonight.
The trophy events which Moore racks up every season have been scarce with all the dirt racing but, back to the Valley tonight, there are two cups for the Class Three horses and Invictus (Joao Moreira) is ready to break back into the winner's circle.
The six-year-old gelding hasn't won since June last year, when he bolted up with the fourth win of a successful 2012-13 term that pushed his rating into the mid-70s.
He has spent his time since drifting back to something more manageable but has made it a slow process by his consistency.
However, he finds himself back to a mark of 62 now, has the right draw and the right jockey to improve after two worthwhile efforts this season.
First-up, Invictus drew out and worked across into the leading group over the dirt mile, battling on at the finish for fourth, then just got too keen in a slowly-run race there second-up and doesn't have the acceleration for that style of event anyway.
In the past, we have seen Invictus at his best when able to roll unimpeded in the lead himself or flowing into it from off one or two leaders in a consistent speed.
Tonight, the speed looks to belong to him, Circuit Star, Crazy Buddies in blinkers first time and Fat Choy Hong Kong (Gerald Mosse) going forward from wider out.
If the lead is unwanted, Moreira can take it but he will be just as effective box seating.
Supreme Essence (Brett Prebble) is well overdue to win one after placing second or third 10 times in 21 starts and he looks a danger. He should be the horse tacking on the back of that first four and his first run for trainer Francis Lui Kin-wai on the dirt was sound enough.