Brett Prebble has had a quiet run in Hong Kong since his Melbourne Cup win but he looks to have prospects to make a serious comeback at Sha Tin on Sunday.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club is protecting the turf track ahead of the International race meeting, and only five races this Sunday will be on the turf, but Prebble has great prospects throughout the day to stake his claim for the championship race.
In the fourth race, he links again with Flying China, who dropped to Class Four at his last start and was most unlucky. Flying China has a get-back style which means he needs luck but he was charging home with no room to move when he was fourth to What A Heart at his latest run on the surface.
With clear running, he should have been in the finish or even won for local rider Ben So, but with Prebble aboard he can improve on that finish position.
Prebble has won one of six rides on the eighth-year-old but he has drawn inside and that gives him every chance of adding to his tally.
In race seven, Prebble has a knockout chance on New Greenfield, who will appreciate the step up to 1,650m.
New Greenfield has dropped a long way in class since he arrived here and his all weather form has been very encouraging, running on for seventh over 1,200m at his latest attempt on the surface over 1,200m. With a good draw and extra 450m, he looks ready to improve on his maiden status locally.
Back on the turf in race nine, Prebble is aboard Ultimate Winners, a last-start winner at the 1,000m course in extraordinary circumstances.
Few horses draw low and win coming from the rear in these events, but Ultimate Winners produced a huge finish to do just that in Class Three last start and he is much better drawn this time.
By Nathan Mody