EQUINE Supremo looks as near to a handicap good thing as it is possible to find in the fourth event at Sha Tin tonight. This is the middle pin of the Triple Trio for which over $24 million is carried forward and Equine Supremo's last run puts him in with an excellent win chance and virtually impossible to oppose for those looking to take bankers in each leg of the Triple Trio in order to reduce the total number of bets and thus the total outlay. That last run came in the end-of-season staying championship, the Champions and Chater Cup, the form of which is pretty smart in the context of the Classes Two and Three opposition which Equine Supremo now encounters. In the Champions and Chater Cup he was up against the very best stayers in training on weight-for-age terms which are unfavourable to both Southern and Northern Hemisphere-bred three-year-olds. Despite receiving just three pounds from his older and more seasoned rivals, he still managed to finish a highly creditable 93/4 lengths sixth of the 10 runners behind dead-heaters, Derby and Gold Cup winner Makarpura Star and stablemate, Survey King who was the first Hong Kong-trained horse home in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup when third to future Group One winner, Red Bishop. The form from the Champions and Chater Cup is already looking strong as Fortune Leader who finished just half a length in front of Equine Supremo in fifth has come out and run a short head second to Cricket Lord in the Queen Mother's Cup. What's more, Cricket Lord was 31/2 lengths behind Equine Supremo in the Champions and Chater Cup, conceding just three pounds. So if Cricket Lord can come out and win such a prestigious Class One 2,400-metre contest as Saturday's Queen Mother's Cup, it has to be thought that Equine Supremo can reappear and prevail against Class Two and Three opponents. While it is notoriously difficult to translate form from set-weight contests such as the Champions and Chater Cup into handicap events, Equine Supremo appears to have run such a big race last time that it is impossible to ignore. Nor is his run behind Makarpura Star and Survey King likely to have been a fluke as he was very impressive in his first two runs here, then found the mile too short behind Viva Icta in the Centurion Trophy and then ran himself into the ground in the blinkers behind Starbuck. Trainer Alex Wong Siu-tan wisely dispensed with the blinkers for the Champions and Chater Cup and his sixth is probably a true reflection of his ability. Looking at the ratings from the race it is actually hard to have Equine Supremo running to a mark much less than 95 and even that is erring distinctly on the conservative side. Yet the handicapping department have basically taken no notice whatsoever of his run and left him on his original rating of 78, despite his seemingly vastly improved form. If Equine Supremo did really only run to a rating of 78 in the Champions and Chater Cup this implies that Fortune Leader ran to a rating of just 82, despite being officially rated at 100. It also implies that fourth-placed Deerfield, official rating 112, ran only to a mark of 90 at the very best and that Privilege, a last-start winner from a 95 and very much on the upgrade, ran no better than a 91. As for Makarpura Star and Survey King, if Equine Supremo performed to a rating of 78 then they must have run 20 pounds or more below their official marks going into the Champions and Chater Cup of 118 and 126. All this is, of course, very hard to assume. A more reasonable assumption is that Equine Supremo is very much on the upgrade and capable of running far in excess of a rating of 78. He is also a very impressive individual to look at and, with only one run in New Zealand before coming to race in Hong Kong, looks exactly the type of import who is open to considerable improvement. The biggest danger is the possibility that Equine Supremo's exertions in the local staying championship have taken too much out of him. If they haven't, and he has done well enough at trackwork since that run, then he really does look a blot on the handicap. The Bruce Hutchison-trained Timah could be the one for the quinella. He returned to form last time when a good third to Galway and has been bucking and kicking his way round the inside track over the last week or so in a manner which suggests that Hutchison has him primed to run a big race.