Brett Prebble had to endure a mini-drought to capture his milestone 800th winner on Sunday but number 801 could come three days later as the Australian climbs aboard some top chances early in the night at Happy Valley.
Prebble went without a winner in February, a stretch of eight meetings, before Amazing Kids made him the third jockey after Douglas Whyte and Tony Cruz to reach 800 in Hong Kong.
Royale Elegance and Idyllic Win are no world-beaters and at seven and nine respectively their best days might be behind them – as evidenced by a combined record of one win from 38 starts since the start of last season.
But both are building towards a win and get more favourable draws on Wednesday.
Royale Elegance has been a model of consistency since shifting to Frankie Lor Fu-chuen’s stable in the off-season.
Racing exclusively at Sha Tin over 1,400m, the seven-year-old has suffered some unlucky defeats, with three losses by a head or less.
A last start heartbreaker where Royale Elegance hit the front late only to be edged out by Great Treasure must have been enough for Lor to look for a change of luck and bring the gelding to the Valley.
A step up to 1,650m in the Class Four Lockhart Handicap seems fine for a horse who won over 1,600m at Sha Tin earlier in his career.
The Sha Tin mile is a much stiffer task than the Valley’s tight-turning 1,650m and the bonus is barrier three.
Royale Elegance has been forced back from tricky draws at times this season but has previously shown some ability to race from a handy position.
Back-marker Great Joy (Matthew Poon Ming-fai) looms as a danger after blinkers brought him to life last start, but he needs a strong tempo to get involved, and that looks unlikely.
The pace doesn’t look too strong on the B course, with Multigogo (Jack Wong Ho-nam) the obvious leader from barrier 11, with Art Of Raw (Vincent Ho Chak-yiu) and Lucky Storm (Tommy Berry) attempting to stay close to the speed.
Idyllic Wind has already carved out a narrow win this season but a slightly better barrier can help the Class Five battler snatch another victory in the Class Five Luard Handicap.
The nine-year-old is approaching the end of his career but is racing well, with two placings over 1,200m since the 1,000m success in November.
The last five of Idyllic Wind’s seven wins have been over the course and distance, and the draw should allow the gelding to find the ideal sit in the race.
Another horse forced to do less work from a low draw is Winning Supreme (Alberto Sanna) in the Fenwick Handicap (1,000m).
Winning Supreme won back-to-back races to move into Class Three and a solid effort there last start bodes well for the future.
The five-year-old worked his way to lead from gate 14 and it took its toll when he was swamped late.
Winning Supreme was only beaten by a half-length and now comes back to a track that looks like becoming his home for the time being.
After breaking through on the dirt, Winning Supreme won over this course and distance, and it would seem the gelding isn’t as suited by Sha Tin’s long straight.
The key is the draw though; Winning Supreme showed with his last win that he doesn’t need to lead and Sanna can stalk what looks like being a strong tempo from barrier two.