After tasting success in the Macau Hong Kong Trophy three years ago with My Name Is Bond, Joao Moreira and Caspar Fownes are teaming up again to try and repeat the dose with Marvel Hero at Taipa on Saturday.
The Magic Man has built an imposing record when combining with the five-year-old, the duo undefeated in three starts.
However, Marvel Hero is coming off a last start failure when he failed to run out 2,200m carrying the top weight behind Beauty Generation.
Fownes has given him a freshen up and brought him back to 1,500m, a distance that suits him more having already won twice over 1,650m at Happy Valley earlier this season.
Marvel Hero is one of two Hong Kong-based horses making the trip across the Pearl River Delta with the Tony Cruz-trained Romantic Touch also joining him.
Zac Purton will ride the six-year-old gelding, who has been racing consistently without winning this season.
Romantic Touch has finished third at his past two starts, beaten by Supreme Profit in the Group Three Centenary Vase before running home strongly behind Invincible Dragon in the opening leg of the interport series at Sha Tin in March.
The Hong Kong runners dominated that race, but Romantic Touch is the only one of them making the trip for the return leg, while Macau’s Bobo So Cute, Golden Double and Kelowna Star will also back up after finishing in the second half of the field the first time around.
The locals’ best hope is Joseph Lau’s star The Alfonso, who has raced twice at Sha Tin this season, taking advantage of the newly implemented conditions opening up Group races to horses outside of Hong Kong.
He carries the top weight on Saturday, but comes into the race in terrific form, having won his past two starts in smart fashion.
The other contestant in the seven-horse field is last year’s winner Best Of Luck, but he is out of form and hasn’t crossed the finishing line first since beating The Alfonso in this race 12 months ago.
While the locals prevailed in 2016, Hong Kong-trained horses won the previous three renewals at Taipa.
The Jockey Club is simulcasting seven races from the feature meeting, which also boasts the Macau Derby and the Chairman’s Challenge Cup, starting from 2pm.