Brett Prebble was left shaking his head last Sunday as he waited for a run that never came on Solar Hei Hei and the Australian jockey gets another chance seven days later in the Citi Insurance Services Handicap at Sha Tin.
Solar Hei Hei was given a perfect ride by Prebble but when it came time to quicken the David Hall-trained galloper was all dressed up with no place to go when a wall of horses formed in front of him.
Meanwhile, the winner Limitless, having sat last in the run, burst through a somewhat lucky needle-eye opening along the rails to gallop into BMW Hong Kong Derby calculations.
Once Prebble did get Solar Hei Hei off heels and into clear running, the unlucky runner found the line as well as anything in the race, including the winner, and will have come away from the run with plenty of energy left in the tank.
Hence Hall, a handler known for his patience and horse-first attitude, sending Solar Hei Hei straight back to the races on Sunday, where the consistent five-year-old contests a Class Two mile.
Although Solar Hei Hei has shown great versatility by winning six races in an impressive distance range from 1,200m to 1,800m, a mile might just be his sweet spot and he has been solid in two starts at the distance.
In April last season, Solar Hei Hei narrowly won a 1,600m Class Three and three starts back was nabbed right on the line by Gonna Run in the Chevalier Cup over the course and distance.
On that occasion, Solar Hei Hei beat home the horses that would then run the quinella in the Group Three January Cup, Harbour Master and Circuit Land, and Prebble probably found himself in front earlier than he would have liked.
From gate eight on Sunday Solar Hei Hei will probably settle around midfield and an even tempo or slightly better would provide the ideal race setup for the gelding.
That sort of pace could materialise with Lucky Girl and California Disegno probably pairing off in front, although they are unlikely to tear along too quickly with experienced jockeys aboard.
The race favourite will almost certainly be John Moore’s Invincible Dragon (Joao Moreira) after winning two of three this season, but from gate 13 and carrying the top weight, it is worth taking a punt on an upset.
It looks a day where young horses could come to the fore, with a total of 22 three-year-olds declared to run, including 11 in the opening race of the day, a 1,000m Class Four.
Either last start winner Keep Moving (Neil Callan) or Paddington (Moreira) will probably start favourite in the Citigold Private Client Handicap, but keep a close watch on one down in the weights.
The Tony Millard-trained Strathclyde (Chad Schofield) was only fair in his two griffin starts last season but returns to action a different proposition after a gelding operation and lay-off due to a leg injury.
Strathclyde has dropped to a rating of 49 and jumped out of the ground with blinkers on at trials recently, looking like he might have a Class Four win in him.
If Keep Moving can run a decent race again it would provide a boost for the form of three three-year-olds that clash later in the Citi Wealth Management Services Handicap.
City Legend (Derek Leung Ka-chun), Merrygowin (Zac Purton) and Vital Spring (Moreira) all ran well behind Keep Moving on debut and all three step up to a more suitable 1,200m.
Lean towards Merrygowin on the back of a nice trial and after he came up with barrier five in a race where a solid tempo should help his cause.
One of the most fascinating runners of the day is the John Size-trained four-year-old Dr Listening, who some had pegged as a Derby horse last term, but now drops back to 1,000m with blinkers on in the Citi Global Banking Handicap.