HONG KONG'S Makarpura Star is expected to figure in the prize money in his Australian debut in the Group Three A$100,600 Coongy Handicap (2,000 metres) at Caulfield today. 'He's up against some very handy horses like Buzzoff, Storm, Italian Saint and Waikikamukau, who are going for the Caulfield Cup,' said Shay Brown, who is looking after the horse for trainer John Moore. 'It's hard to assess Makarpura Star against horses he hasn't raced against before. 'But I think he should be right up there at the finish and I'd say he's a good each way chance.' To ensure Makarpura Star has every possible opportunity to produce his best in the Coongy he was taken to Caulfield yesterday to become acquainted with the track. Brown, who is unable to ride Makarpura Star in trackwork in Hong Kong because of local rules, was aboard the Native Kingdom five-year-old as he went through his paces. She reported that his work could hardly have been better. 'He doesn't take a lot of work, so he only did light exercise,' Brown said. 'But he felt really good. 'I understand Caulfield can be difficult for some horses and I was really pleased with the way he handled the track. 'He tends to lead on his off side but he changed legs on the turn and he was quite comfortable going around in the anti-clockwise direction. 'There is a good cover of turf on Caulfield and he appreciated that because he has been inclined to jar up on the harder ground here.' Brown said that Makarpura Star had 'improved a lot' since his arrival in Melbourne three weeks ago. 'He has tuned-up for this race and John [Moore] seems to think the horse looks near his top,' she said. 'I have my fingers crossed but I'm confident he is going to perform up to expectations.' The winner of the Hong Kong Derby (1,800 metres), Hong Kong Gold Cup (2,400 metres) and Chater Cup (2,400 metres) earlier in the year, Makarpura Star has started only once in this preparation. That was at Sha Tin on September 10, when he carried 61 kilograms (134 pounds) into second place over 1,600 metres. Makarpura Star, who will have the services of Patrick Payne in the Coongy and is ideally drawn in number four starting gate, has 56 kg (123 pounds) today. The Gai Waterhouse stable's Sprint By, who won the Shannon Quality (1,500 metres) at Rosehill two starts back, has been installed as a 4-1 pre-post favourite in the event. Makarpura Star is sharing the fifth line, in an open betting race, at 8-1 with the Lee Freedman-trained Storm.