IT would have been virtually impossible for Derby and Gold Cup hero Makarpura Star to have been more impressive in his build up to his piece de resistance, tomorrow's end-of-season staying crown, the 2,400-metre Champions and Chater Cup. Trainer John Moore appears to have him going better than ever and looking better than ever, despite the New Zealand import having been in training since September and competing meaningfully since his first-up in the Remy XO Cup on October 30. Yesterday, Makarpura Star fairly skipped up the home straight under Tony Cruz. He was bouncing. Full of beans, full of zest. If anything, the four-year-old looks to have put on condition during the season and Moore has done a consummate job to have him so well despite a number of tough races - the Remy, the International Cup, the Classic Trial, the Derby, the Gold Cup, the Queen Elizabeth II Cup. You name it, Makarpura Star has been in it. Moore has also upped the training tempo over the past fortnight but particularly in the last week, asking Makarpura Star for solid efforts on Saturday and Tuesday and then topping off the preparation with yesterday's fluent piece. This would certainly be the most serious trackwork question that has been asked of Makarpura Star before any of his big races and he's taken it all in his stride. Moore, ever the perfectionist, knows the importance of having him spot-on for tomorrow. Not only is it the race which could clinch the Horse Of The Year title for Makarpura Star, it could also give him one more vital win at the head of the trainers' standings. It would be a welcome winner for Tony Cruz, too, as he bids for his sixth jockeys' title. Cruz has never worked harder for his rides or ridden harder work in his bid to fend off the equally determined Basil Marcus. Cruz and Moore combine for a number of other chances through tomorrow's card, not least the highly promising private purchase griffin Certeza in the second event. The son of Green Dancer, the sire of the brilliant Arc de Triomphe winner Suave Dancer, has thrived since his good second to Deauville and will be very hard to beat. Red Jeans has impressed, too. Yesterday, he had no trouble matching strides with stablemate Northern Fire Ball though the latter is never a particularly good worker. Topweight Grand Way can't be dismissed. It took Kukri Trophy winner Banker's Delight a long time and some hard riding to get past him in yesterday's gallop. Moore and Cruz have another live hope in Seattle Pride in the last. The American-bred almost certainly still needed his latest run on the all-weather and yesterday looked in tip-top condition for his crack at the Class Three mile handicap which will not take too much winning. Cruz seems to be riding Seattle Pride in preference to the other main form chance, Fun And Smile, for whom Wylie Wong has wasted no time in snapping up Marcus. The Triple Trio races will attract plenty of attention once more as this excellent betting innovation provides for a few bumper pay days before the end of the season. Cruz is definitely banker material in the opening leg, or race three, on David Oughton's Chagall though so, too, could be Lance O'Sullivan on Lawrie Fownes' improving New Zealand import All Fortune. The second leg is typically tricky, though it wouldn't be any surprise to see the Peter Tse Yan-sid-trained Financial Fortune run a bold race. It's possible he will still need this as it is only his second run back from a spell. But he looks to be moving sweetly in the mornings for the admirable Australian jockey Steven King who has impressed in the way he's put together five winners from some very ordinary riding books. The last leg of the Triple Trio, the sixth event, sees Wong Tang-ping wisely claiming 10 pounds from the back of his talented English import Pine Fame. The three-year-old doesn't have the physique to handle big weights but he's got an engine all right. Don't worry about that. Guts and Green Supreme must come into the reckoning while David Hill introduces a striking individual in Casey's Drum who has just started to find his feet.