FLEMINGTON trainer John Meagher - full of enthusiasm for Hong Kong racing - has the $4.5 million Queen Elizabeth II Cup (2,200 metres) at Sha Tin on April 1 targeted for Springhill Lad. A six-year-old by Vice Regal, Springhill Lad has raced 52 times for eight wins, six seconds and seven thirds and prize money of A$188,025. He has proved a versatile performer with his victories spreading over distances of 1,000 metres to 2,128 metres. Meagher, who had sixth place-getter Hear That Bell in the International Bowl last month, believes Springhill Lad would be 'ideally suited' by the Queen Elizabeth II Cup. 'I'll definitely be nominating him for the Hong Kong race,' Meagher said. 'I only hope that he's invited because I think the race would be perfect for him. 'The horse is racing better than ever; he'll handle the distance and travelling doesn't worry him. 'The facilities and the track are brilliant at Sha Tin and I really believe Springhill Lad would thrive in the conditions.' Taking a line through his present form, Meagher's gelding should be right in contention for selection for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. After being unplaced at his first outing in his current preparation, Springhill Lad has been successful at his two most recent appearances, at Sandown on December 14 and at Caulfield on December 31. He will run next in the Barton Handicap (1,400 metres) at Sandown on Saturday week. Following that outing Springhill Lad will head towards the Group 3 Tokyo City Cup (1,600 metres) - a quality handicap being held for the first time - at Morphettville on February 11. 'We'll take things as they come after the Adelaide race,' Meagher said of his horse. 'But everything we do with the horse in the immediate future will revolve around the hope that he'll be chosen for Hong Kong.' 'We've really got our fingers crossed about that.'