There was little to take away from a meeting on Wednesday night at Happy Valley that lacked horses of promise but trainer Richard Gibson provided pointers to a couple of winners in waiting late in the night.
Entrusting was a surprise engagement for Joao Moreira to most but was a big improver on anything he had shown here in four prior runs when he charged home in the last for second behind Marvel Tribe.
No better than 10th in a race until now here, a raft of gear changes accompanied Entrusting's entry for the final 1,650m event and they must have done the trick as the gelding produced a good effort from the outside draw.
The former French horse was a polytrack winner at Chantilly in his previous life when he was unexposed after only two starts.
That suggests he should be versatile enough to take this kind of form to the dirt if an opportunity presents there too, and this effort says that Entrusting is ready to win if he can draw a better barrier in something suitable.
The same trainer ruefully described Winfull Patrol as one of the unluckiest horses he has ever trained after the gelding was again cost a race by interference in the Class Three trophy event over 1,000m.
Winfull Patrol was going up underneath Fun 'N' Games in the straight and looking the winner when the leader rolled back to the fence and chopped him out. Jockey Neil Callan was later suspended for the incident and, considering Fun 'N' Games finished third only a length from Triumphant Jewel, there is a good case to be argued that Winfull Patrol should have had the third win of his career.
It is now more than a year since Winfull Patrol landed a betting plunge leading all the way at Sha Tin with a light weight and soft lead over 1,200m.
With maturity, he has not become any more relaxed in his races and 1,000m appears his best hope of landing another win, and Wednesday's run shows he is going well enough to get one if he can sidestep the interference that seems to find him.