They said he was a possible Derby prospect after his Queen Elizabeth II Cup day win and yesterday Victory Mount confirmed that with a scintillating trial victory. The John Moore-trained dual griffin winner, victorious under Gary Moore last time, ran on very strongly yesterday to take the fourth of five grass heats down the straight 1,000-metre chute. He showed courage and quality to beat Mr Wonderful by half a length with his own stablemate, the extremely useful trackworker, Super Bomb, a head back in third. Victory Mount clocked 59.3 seconds, by some three lengths the fastest time of the session, and looked very smart indeed in doing so. It is always tempting and often wrong to say a griffin is Class One material and they can look world beaters against griffins but then struggle in open and more experienced company. But in Victory Mount's case, he does indeed look to be right out of the top drawer. Mr Wonderful is a must horse to follow, too. He ran well last time out, first-up from a spell, and is now back to his old self. Should he strike a wet track then he'd be maximum betting material. David Hill's Irish import, Supreme Bases, made some late headway in this trial and was given a solid hitout. But he didn't really fire and while he could win over a trip on his raw ability, there has to be a nagging doubt as to whether he's acclimatised yet. Plenty appeared to trial well in the opening heat but especially Ivan Allan's Inner Circle, Lawrie Fownes' Port Hope and Andy Leung's Toy Baron. Inner Circle bled after he won last time and was one of the horses that led to Allan bleeding - from the pocket - after he was fined a total of $60,000 for trotting them round the main track inside the mandatory two-month rest period. He certainly doesn't appear to have taken any harm from his preparation as he trialled yesterday better than he's ever gone and looks set to win when next seen in action. Port Hope is just a lovely staying type, but he must have some give in the ground and Toy Baron is improving all the time though he could need his first run back from a spell. Fownes' Centurion Trophy winner, En Rapport put in a quality effort in the second trial as did David Hayes' Kenzig who is another returning from a bleeding attack. Andy Leung's pair of griffins, Smart Dancer and All My Love, went pleasingly in the third heat, especially the latter who hasn't been in full work for long and caught the eye in his first trial. David Hayes' William's Surpass was another to go nicely in this heat. There wasn't too much to get excited over in the final batch with the exception of Andy Leung's Wing's Honour who, in running on strongly for second for Basil Marcus, showed he is much better than his recent dismal dirt effort. Prior to the trials, Fownes' exciting griffin Taurus oozed quality as he purred his way past in-form stablemate Money Come-In. Fownes isn't out of the championship running by any means and his Mission Sealed also worked supremely well. Patrick Biancone's Tequila Pop is much improved and Hayes' Hunting Lad looked in tremendous shape. SHA TIN GRASS TRIALS First trial _ 1,000 metres: 1, POWER PROTECTION (E. Saint-Martin); 2, Professionalkiller (L. F. Chung); 3, Inner Circle (B. Marcus). Others: (in finishing order): Sung Shan, Abba, Toy Baron, Port Hope, Treasure Island, Palace Glory, Bill, Speedy Dragon, Interstar, Hero's Choice. Time: 1:00.0 (23.7). Distances: length, length. Winner trained by Lui Kin-wai. Second trial _ 1,000 metres: 1, DASHING (G. Boss); 2, Learned Friend (E. Saint-Martin); 3, Lik Rambo (P. Strydom). Others: En Rapport, Summer's Breeze, Professional, Kenzig, Midas Touch, Greenfield, Green Supreme, Strong Win. Time: 0:59.9 (23.4). Distances: short head, length. Winner trained by Geoff Lane. Third trial _ 1,000 metres: 1, HOI FUNG STAR (C. M. Au); 2, Smart Dancer (S. K. Sit); 3, All My Love (B. Rouse). Others: Source Of Life, Gunner, Good Pal, William's Surpass, Loyal Marshal, Loyal Marshal, Lovey Dovey, Amza Darling, Palette Treasure, Tim's Dragon, Scioto, Communication Hero. Time: 1:00.4 (24.2). Distances: neck, 1.5 lengths. Winner trained by Derek Cruz. Fourth trial _ 1,000 metres: 1, VICTORY MOUNT (E. Saint-Martin); 2, Mr Wonderful (P. Payne); 3, Super Bomb (G. Boss). Others: Wind Chaser, Supreme Bases, Lucky Glory, Ready, Glorious Decade, Sound Gallop, Mighty Mac, Full Energy, Mighty Combination, New Source. Time: 0:59.3 (23.8). Distances: length, head. Winner trained by John Moore. Fifth trial _ 1,000 metres: 1, HELENE TREASURE (G. Boss); 2, Wing's Honour (B. Marcus); 3, Precious Delights (H. K. Cheung). Others: Super Fellow, Pakistan Hero, Gold Venture, Kiwi Star, Vintage, King's Glamour, Congratulations, Charlie Angel, Golden Phoenix, Tom's Reign. Time: 1:00.4 (23.7). Distances: short head, length. Winner trained by Ricky Yiu Poon-fai.