Take a tip from the man himself and follow Housemaster in this afternoon's Gold Cup. Traditionally the staying contest where the older horses clash with the Derby generation, the Gold Cup is great way to test the merit of each year's Derby. This year's Derby hero, Keen Winner, is being kept for the Queen Elizabeth II Cup but Housemaster, Helene Express, Industrialist and Kenwoody Melody, the second, third and luckless fourth and fifth are all in the line up. And the master mentor Ivan Allan, who saddles both Housemaster and Oriental Express for Jockey Club Steward and prominent businessman Larry Yung Chi-kin, was in no doubt when asked who was the better chance. Speaking from Dubai where he has been preparing Indigenous for last night's Dubai World Cup, Allan had no hesitation in stressing: 'Housemaster would have to be the first string.' He went on to explain: 'I think he has improved since the Derby when the race wasn't really run to suit as they basically crawled. 'Looking at the Gold Cup field that shouldn't happen as there are a few who like to take them along at a good pace. 'That should really help Housemaster.' Housemaster is to be ridden by the accomplished Welshman David Harrison who teamed up with Allan for Derby glory last season with the 183-1 outsider Holy Grail. Harrison put Housemaster through his last serious gallop on Tuesday morning after which he said: 'I was pleased with him. We worked with a sprinter and without his blinkers on and he did it nicely.' And while Housemaster has plenty to find with Oriental Express on their domestic ratings, some 17 pounds, he is ahead of him on the international classifications. To some extent, the domestic rating is arbitrary as Housemaster hasn't been here long, so he hasn't had the opportunity to build up his rating. All the same, that's a big margin to make up and Oriental Expres ran a cracking fourth to Ouzo in the inaugural running of the Singapore Airlines International Cup. Allan said: 'He should run a good race but Housemaster appears to have improved since the Derby and Oriental Express has been travelling and you don't really know how they're going to back up after that.' Helene Express should run another bold race and merits respect. There is likely to be good support for Kenwoody Melody who was checked when making good late headway in the Derby. However, he may be found out by the stronger tempo this afternoon and struggle with the distance. Industrialist was also checked on the run to the line in the Derby. Again the stronger tempo won't suit him but he is improving all the time at the track and trainer Brian Kan Ping-chee has him looking a million dollars.