Exceptional French galloper Jim And Tonic ensured that his connections left Hong Kong with bulging pockets following two previous raids on the territory. And it's unlikely to be any different in the $10 million Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin today. Jim And Tonic won last year's International Bowl and returned for the Queen Elizabeth II Cup in April this year to score two resounding successes. The name of the five-year-old was one of the first down to contest the Group One event, final leg of the World Series Racing Championship. Trainer Francois Doumen decided against competing in the Cox Plate and took Jim And Tonic back to Canada and on to the Breeders' Cup Mile at Gulfstream Park in Florida where he found himself shuffled back through the field leaving the back straight. Prior to that Gerald Mosse, once again on board today, had the gelding travelling beautifully and looking a great chance. The French ace later admitted that he took the wrong option by going inside when he could have gone wide. One of the older sayings in racing is 'horses for courses' and Jim And Tonic clearly loves Sha Tin. The other huge factor in his favour is that he has no aversion to travelling and has, once again, turned up in Hong Kong in fine shape. He wound up his preparation with a light canter on the all-weather track yesterday under Xavier Doumen, son of trainer Francois and Jim And Tonic looks ready to add to his laurels here - and the bank accounts of his owners. Doumen says that all distances from 1,400 metres to 2,000 metres come alike to Jim And Tonic and he has no real concerns today. 'We have not had a lot of luck at our last two outings so now we are back on a track where he has done so well before. I am happy about that,' he said. Sunline, the brilliant winner of the Cox Plate, is likely to vie for favouritism with Jim And Tonic who will attract plenty of Hong Kong money because of his previous winning efforts. The departure of Japanese runner Air Jihad has certainly removed one of the race's main chances but enhanced the claims of Sunline and Jim And Tonic who are logical choices. Sunline has not been favourably drawn, however, in that she is in barrier 11 with a very short run to the first corner. On top of that, she is not going to get much protection from the noise made by the crowd which could be of record proportions. If Sunline is allowed to dictate terms, then it will be difficult for the rest in this field - but that requires her obviously to get to the front from an awkward draw and not be pressured. There is no doubt she is one of the very best of her sex seen in New Zealand in years and she is expected to enhance her reputation with victory in the Group One Cup. The David Elsworth-trained Lear Spear is emerging as a possible hope for England following some excellent work in the latter part of the week. Elsworth is definitely supportive and said: 'I think he has really come back to himself now and that is good news for us. On his best form he would probably be the one in this field.' The John Moore-trained Survey General is a nice type and his trainer describes him as 'about the most laid back horse I have ever seen'. But Moore is definitely happy with him and is delighted that he is in the Cup. 'I would probably have had to put him in the 1,800-metre race at Happy Valley at 12.45am on New Year's Day and that's not what I fancied. This is now just perfect for him but I am not kidding myself. 'If we finish fourth or fifth with a really good run, then I will be delighted. Our aim is the Derby in March and this is just very well placed for that,' said Moore. It could well pay to have something each-way on the Ivan Allan-trained Oriental Express. He will jump from barrier one, away from the noise and perfectly placed for a run to the first turn. He has been suitably sharpened up by two runs over the 1,000 metres - excellent both times - and now moves up to his best distance. It wouldn't surprise if he actually won.