INTERNATIONAL Vase-bound Privilege was the chief beneficiary of the tragedy which cut short Gazebo Star's career when battling home for a typically tenacious victory in yesterday's 2,400-metre Benson Cup at Sha Tin. Former triple champion jockey Basil Marcus made all the running on the four-year-old who has now won six of his 18 starts, amassing the best part of $4 million in the process. He is another testimony to trainer Ivan Allan's prowess at the sales as he went to around 60,000gns for the son of Last Tycoon who never knows when he is beaten and the way he has progressed over the past 12 months there are plenty more races to be won with him. Allan and Marcus were completing a double when Privilege held Deerfield's persistent challenge throughout the final 200 metres, having earlier scored with the improving Citiluck who benefited from a move up in distance to take the sixth event going away. But it was Privilege who starred for the Allan camp and the trainer is predicting that he will go into the International Vase with a similar chance to the now retired Wonderful Way who ran such a cracking third to subsequent Group One winners Red Bishop and Urgent Request last season. Allan's first thoughts were for the connections of the ill-fated Gazebo Star. They left the course too upset to talk after their brilliant stayer, fourth in the AJC Derby as a three-year-old, had to be destroyed after shattering both his front sesamoids as they past the apex of the home bend. 'These are just about the worst possible circumstances in which to win a race,' said Allan. 'But someone had to win following Gazebo Star's accident and I'm glad it was us.' Allan then added: 'There's still a bit of improvement to come from my horse. He wasn't absolutely wound up for this and, while I haven't really studied who is coming here from overseas, I'd say he must have as good a chance in the Vase as Wonderful Way did last year. 'He's a very tough horse. He can be a bit deceptive as he keeps finding that bit more when challenged. There should be that bit of improvement and he has home advantage.' And just like such promising horses as Patrick Biancone's star youngster, Glamorous Palace and Deauville, Privilege is another example of a horse that nearly did not make it to Hong Kong. Allan had instructed his man at the sales to go to an upper limit in order to secure him. When that limit was exceeded he stopped bidding and the colt was knocked down to a European buyer. 'I had to find him the next day and offer him a profit,' Allan revealed. 'I was pretty happy when he accepted as I really liked Privilege as a yearling and fortunately he has vindicated my judgment.' Privilege had 21/4 lengths to spare over Deerfield who in turn held Smiling by three-quarters of a length for third. Deerfield had looked a big danger passing the 300-metre marker, but he does not really stay 2,400 metres and his challenge petered out some 100 metres from home. 'All the same it was a good run,' said his rider Greg Childs. Smiling ran up to his rating while Biancone's Royal King Prawn exceeded his in finishing fourth, but that would have been scant consolation to his trainer. Starbuck travelled well up until the home turn, but weakened badly in the straight. Marcus and Allan now stand atop of their respective jockey and trainer standings following yesterday's double. Marcus leads arch-rival Tony Cruz by two winners, 19 to 17, while Allan is in a three-way tie with Biancone and Brian Kan Ping-chee on 11 winners. Citiluck eventually initiated the double in emphatic fashion, pulling clear of the consistent Racing Ace to win by 31/2 lengths with Owner's Bliss a further 11/2 lengths back in third. Citiluck, another winner for Allan's own stallion Citidancer, had been off the track for six weeks as he been troubled by a mild bug which hit a number in the Allan yard. 'He's even come back with mucus dripping from him today,' added Allan who immediately sent the progressive three-year-old off to be scoped. Citiluck had gone firmly into the notebook when storming home over 1,200 metres on his two previous starts this season and yesterday was again doing all his best work in the closing stages of this competitive Class Four mile event to suggest that 1,800 metres or further would not go amiss. Over that kind of trip he can certainly win again.