Greg Hall is poised to return to Hong Kong to partner the horse on which he thought he had won the Melbourne Cup last November. Doriemus lost a gripping battle with Might And Power by a narrow margin at the end of the world-famous race at Flemington. Doriemus, partnered by one-time Hong Kong jockey Damien Oliver, won the Cup in 1995. The main aim for the galloper when he returns from the spelling paddock in New Zealand is April's renewal of the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin. In Sydney yesterday, Michael Freedman, one of the team of brothers which makes up the most successful training operation in the country, said: 'Doriemus has done tremendously well in New Zealand. He will be returning here shortly and the plans are already laid out for him. 'His ultimate aim is another crack at the Cup in November, but the first target will be the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin. It looks an ideal race for him fresh and that is top of the agenda. We will be looking to run at Sha Tin.' Hall, who is likely to restrict his riding engagements to big races and carnivals, will relish a chance to return to Hong Kong and is marked down as Doriemus' rider. He had a two-week stint in Macau in June. Hall rode as a retained rider in Hong Kong for former trainer Derek Cheng Tai-chee before being caught up in the Shanghai Syndicate scandal a decade ago. He served a brief suspension locally before returning to Australia. South African trainer Alec Laird is planning a return swoop on Hong Kong with last year's QEII Cup winner London News. The horse is likely to follow a similar pattern and Douglas Whyte, who rode him to glory last season, said: 'He was in great shape when I was back in South Africa over the Christmas break and Alec is determined to have him back for another crack at the QEII Cup.'