An International Cup call-up awaits brilliant Billion Win following a typical bulldog performance in the featured Sing Tao Cup at Sha Tin yesterday. Billion Win, with regular rider Douglas Whyte aboard, fought on over the less-than-suitable 1,400-metre trip to account for Derby winner Johan Cruyff (3-1 favourite) by a head. Trainer Ivan Allan, who had removed the blinkers from Billion Win, said: 'It made a difference. He really fights when he has to go head-to-head with another horse. He was inclined to wander a bit last time, but he really knuckled down and did it. 'This is not his best trip but my problem now will be keeping him right for the International Cup - and finding a jockey for him, too,' said Allan, who will also saddle up Oriental Express for the Group Two showpiece. Whyte, who will partner Oriental Express again in the 1,800-metre Cup next month, was also enthusiastic about Billion Win's effort. 'I thought he had a good chance today and the draw was not a worry. We have seen many times in the past that he does like to fight - he just doesn't know when he is beaten. 'He needs longer these days but his heart was right in it and I was delighted with the way he won.' French trainer Patrick Biancone had every reason to be content with the effort of topweight Johan Cruyff who was making his seasonal re-appearance. 'A very satisfactory performance over 1,400 metres. We all know he needs longer so it was pleasing to see him do so well,' said Biancone. While Biancone saw two favourites narrowly fail - the other was the impressive youngster Whytellyou in the final event - compatriot Eric Saint-Martin had every reason to smile. Together with retaining trainer Tony Cruz, he wrapped up a double on the dirt at the mixed meeting. It was very much a family affair when Primo (7-1) slammed the field in the fifth event, a minimum trip scamper on the all-weather surface. Johnny Cruz, former amateur jockey and father of Tony and Derek, led in the wide-margin winner who made a mockery of his starting price. So, too, for a different reason did Charming Success (9-5 favourite) who finished fourth and never remotely looked like getting to grips with the runaway winner, who set a course record in the process. Reliable Kevmate (16-1) finished second with topweight Polar Star (18-1) adding further value to the tierce. There was a major reshuffle in the betting market when second favourite Destination (4-1) was withdrawn after breaking through before the start of the second all-weather event, race seven on the 10-event holiday programme which attracted a crowd of just over 42,000. Your Turn ended up being almost backable at 2-1 and, despite the never-say-die efforts of Basil Marcus, faded for third behind Saint-Martin's mount, Asian Express (7-1). It is hard to go wrong on the dirt following those who have won on it previously and Asian Express was followed home by Winning Express (8-1), also a performer of some repute on the surface. South African Robbie Fradd, who would love to have his licence extended, kept the winners coming when Universal Star (7-1) romped home in the penultimate event, giving former multiple champion trainer John Moore a handy winner. There was not a great deal of depth to the Class Three, 1,600-metre event and Fradd did everything right on Universal Winner who has been an awkward customer in the past. Gutsy Billion Delight (9-2 favourite) battled on for second but has gone quite high in the ratings in a relatively short period of time. Fradd was Universal Star's fifth different jockey in as many starts and he said: 'I knew he had a lot of ability and he showed it today. We had no real trouble in the run and he was going very smoothly coming to the turn. I thought we had to be a great chance then and, when we straightened, he really took it up and went to the line very strongly.' It was another good day for the South African brigade and former champion jockey of the country, Felix Coetzee, kept his season ticking over with another winner. He took the sixth event on the grey Gallant Blossom (9-2), who responded to the blinkers being applied for the first time. Gallant Blossom cleared out to win by over two lengths to Simon's Decision (5-1) and Daring Steed (12-1) in the Class Four, 1,400-metre contest.