Master French mentor Patrick Biancone is finishing the season with a flourish which is why his Tequila Pop should be kept safe this weekend. The impressive last-start winner holds an engagement in Sunday's Cable TV Cup over 1,900 metres at Sha Tin and such was the ease of his recent win on the dirt that he is well worth keeping safe. Yesterday he came through a strong hitout on the grass under Eric Legrix, a workout which is likely to leave him spot-on for the weekend. He is rising markedly in class but he looked one of last season's best griffins and is only now starting to come right. He had put the writing on the wall prior to his dirt success with a most eye-catching run at Sha Tin and when Biancone gets one right, they can find an inordinate amount of improvement. Tequila Pop could be a case in point. There's the prospect of some great racing this weekend, the highlight of which is the Sha Tin Futurity Trophy. The conditions of this set-weights affair sees a number of the best horses in training entered and it is only to be hoped that they hold their ground and compete against each other. Top of the list of those likely to run is Biancone's Derby winner Johan Cruyff who was not suited by the slow pace during the middle section of the Queen Elizabeth II Cup rather than any poor riding on Legrix's part. Legrix rode Johan Cruyff exactly as he had done in the Derby but against better horses and without a searching pace, he couldn't make up the ground over the last 400 metres. Yesterday, Johan Cruyff came through a smooth final 1,200 metres on the grass in 1:18.4 suggesting he's come out of his QEII Cup exertions in fine fettle and will run this weekend. From yesterday's Sha Tin work session it appears that champion trainer Ivan Allan has the strongest overall hand in this mile event, and could well be running the likes of Indigenous, Billion Win and Holy Grail against Johan Cruyff. Allan also has the brilliant Queen Elizabeth II Cup winner, Oriental Express entered, but his participation is unlikely. Indigenous is never a brilliant worker. He was out and about yesterday doing a typically easy 800-metre piece under stable apprentice Martin C. K. Tsang. Billion Win, on the other hand, was put through a very solid piece by Danny Lee. Billion Win does nothing but improve from race to race and given he was asked to come home in 22.7 seconds yesterday for a quick 800 metres in 48.2 seconds, he is an almost certain runner and a race against Johan Cruyff and Indigenous would be a mouth-watering contest. Allan has entered him brilliantly, slowly taking him through the grades until finding this ideal event. Holy Grail also worked quickly, coming through 800 metres in 47.9 seconds in more or less even time under his riding boy. He was value for more than the short-head margin indicates when beating Solid Contact last time but while he's improving, he will need to find something at the ratings. In the second of two trials rescheduled from the Happy Valley grass to the Sha Tin dirt, Andy Leung's promising International Sale purchase, Honest Dragon, impressed when making all for a facile win. He is worth following. YESTERDAY'S SHA TIN DIRT TRIAL First trial - 1,050m: 1, DIABLO (C. F. Chan); 2, Roman Imp (P. Payne); 3, Arabica (W. Woods). Others (in finishing order): Perpetual Harmony, Satisfaction Smile, Picador, Crystal Clear, Aim On Kris, Good Luck Star. Time: 1:03.3 (24.1). Distances: head, neck. Winner trained by Andy Leung Ting-wah. Second trial - 1,050m: 1, HONEST DRAGON (B. Doyle); 2, Grand Start (E. Saint-Martin); 3, Top Cat (W. M. Lai). Others: Paradise Chase, Astimonti, Shanghai Fortune, Trishul, Dream Team. Time: 1:02.4 (23.8). Distances: 4 lengths, 1.75 lengths. Winner trained by Andy Leung Ting-wah.