Shrewd French trainer Francois Doumen yesterday staged a brilliantly executed coup to snatch the $6.5 million International Bowl with widely travelled sprinter Jim And Tonic. Expertly handled by regular partner and former top Hong Kong jockey Gerald Mosse, Jim And Tonic delivered a devastating turn of foot in the straight to pounce on Australian raider Bezeal Bay (1.9-1 favourite), who tried bravely to lead all the way under big-race rider Jim Cassidy. Last year's sixth-placed Decorated Hero (11-1) did trainer John Gosden proud by working home best of the rest for third under another champion Frenchman, Olivier Peslier. Japanese entrant Royal Suzuka (30-1) filled the frame to complete a truly international finish. Best of the local brigade was David Hayes' diminutive Special (44-1) in seventh. An avalanche of money for the Paul Perry-trained Bezeal Bay saw the four-year-old son of Zabeel jump a shade in the red, but he failed to settle in the early part - racing keenly with his mouth agape - before Cassidy tried to steal a break on the field at the top of the straight. But Frenchman Mosse had sized up the race to perfection - settling midfield and off the fence - as he came down the centre of the course with a sizzling dash to promptly put the issue beyond doubt. Trainer Doumen, better known for his raids on Britain's jumps prizes, certainly knows how to set one for the big occasion and this imposing-looking chestnut gelding gave him plenty with which to work. 'This was not really a surprise for us . . . we were very confident he would run well and he has not let us down,' said Doumen. Doumen had campaigned Jim And Tonic on home turf with great success as a three-year-old before accepting an invitation to the Woodbine Mile at Toronto in September. He ran a gallant second in Canada, going down by a head to the highly regarded Labeeb, who then came out to finish a fighting third behind Da Hoss in the rich Breeders' Cup Mile. That made Jim And Tonic's form iron-clad and the fact that he had performed well on soft as well good ground made him hard to leave out of calculations. Doumen had planned to take in the Breeders' Cup with Jim And Tonic but good sense prevailed and he elected instead to give his stable star a light let-up in preparation for his Hong Kong sortie. 'We gave him a good rest after Woodbine and he really seems to have appreciated that time off,' Doumen said. 'He'd had some hard races and we decided to miss the Breeders' Cup to concentrate on Hong Kong. 'I think we made the right decision.' Indeed. Jim And Tonic has now won eight of his 19 career starts and has finished out of the top three on only four occasions. There are more wins in store for this promising son of French sire Double Bed and a return trip to Hong Kong is not out of the question. Talented maximum claimer Roger K. H. Yu rose to yesterday's big occasion by riding a 1,080-1 double. Yu did not look out of place among the world's riding elite when steering the Ricky Yiu-trained Wasabi (36-1) to a hard-fought win in the Class Two second event and wrapped up his biggest day in the saddle when the Ivan Allan-trained Citadel (30-1) scored a runaway victory in the Class Three sixth event.