Michael's Choice is the value selection to lower the colours of his stablemate, the much-vaunted and very talented Benji in this afternoon's feature event, the Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup. Benji is almost certainly going to start the public elect, such is the affection in which he is held by the public and such is the news and controversy which has continually surrounded this son of Turkoman. First of all there was his debut in which he was the subject of just about the most talked about stewards' inquiry in the history of Hong Kong racing. And then he missed the Queen Elizabeth II Cup when trainer Patrick Biancone overlooked the entry date. But now he is back in the public arena and he is going to be a tough nut to crack with a series of decent Topspeed ratings to his name. His last three runs, when he's been up against decent company, have seen him clock Topspeed figures of 96, 88 and 87. This is consistency at the highest level and whatever you do, do not go leaving him out of your quinellas and tierces. But Michael's Choice actually boasts a slightly superior set of figures and this is where the Topspeed ratings, or any set of speed figures for that matter - providing they include weight as part of the equation - come in particularly useful. What they do is set an objective standard, providing yardstick which is devoid of emotion or hype. Get rid of the hyperbole about Benji and you see that Michael's Choice, with a set of Topspeed figures which read 82, 105, 87, 91, 82 and 99, looks an outstanding win and place wager in this afternoon's feature event. These figures are clearly superior to those achieved by Benji. That is not to say that Benji is not capable of achieving them, or even surpassing them, but that on what they have achieved so far, Michael's Choice is the one to be on. And my track spies tell me that while Benji has been working really well this week so, too, has Michael's Choice. It's always hard to predict how the public are going to bet but I expect Michael's Choice to jump at around 4.5-1 on the tote board. I hope he'll start at even better odds but fear that is too much to ask for. Those looking to go out really wide in this quality set-weight mile contest could do worse than throw in the Lawrie Fownes-trained China Cruise. His Topspeed figures are not too far behind those of Michael's Choice and he could be around 16-1. For the record his last six outings have produced Topspeed ratings of 84, 90, 105, 89, 85, 80 and I'm very confident he's going to be there disputing the quinella and tierce slots. Fownes has been having a great season and he's done particularly well with this horse as he's had plenty of problems and it has required some terrific training to get his ability out of him. I doubt there's another handler around who could have done better. Don't forget the man on top, either. Normally I'm of the persuasion that the jockey's role is overstated, feeling that they only complete all the hard work that is done by the trainer. But in the case of China Cruise, Wendyll Woods has really helped to settle him down in the mornings. China Cruise can be a very free-goer both at trackwork and in his races. Woods has beautiful hands on a horse and really gets them to switch off and relax. He puts China Cruise to sleep in the mornings and has ridden some peachy races on him this campaign, dropping him out, threading his way through the field and then producing him with his challenge at absolutely the right moment. While Michael's Choice looks a decent value bet, win and place, with Benji and China Cruise for the quinella and tierce pools, the David Hayes-trained Top Spy appears nailed on in the opening griffin contest. Top Spy clocked a smart first time out figure in the context of this griffin race and appeals as the type to make rapid improvement. He's a very confident selection.