Singapore-based Kiwi trainer Paddy Busuttin had just two things on his wish-list this year with stable star Bocelli, and Sunday's Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin is the one that is still missing. 'I wanted two races in particular when we started the year,' Busuttin said yesterday. 'The Singapore Derby was the first and the Hong Kong Cup the other. And I don't think the horse could be better right now.' The Singapore Derby at Kranji was easy work in June, as the ex-New Zealand gelding crushed the opposition for his eighth successive victory and established himself as the measuring stick for horses in the Lion City. 'On the night he won the Derby, he was perfect - the kind of form Bocelli was in that night, it would have taken a super horse to beat him,' Busuttin said. 'Obviously, the Hong Kong Cup has a different grade of horse to those he met in the Singapore Derby. This will be a lot tougher, but I think the horse is where I would want him to be going into Sunday. And that is back to, or very close to, the way he was that night at Kranji.' In between, there was a failed trip to England for the Group One Queen Elizabeth II Stakes over a mile at Ascot. Busuttin admits the attempt might have been over-ambitious but says he'll never know. 'It was disappointing to go all that way without even finding out,' he said. 'Bocelli travelled great and thrived there. He ran a slashing race in a Listed race at Newbury in his lead-up over just more than 1,450 metres. He rushed home, beaten by 1.5 lengths and, if it had been even 1,500 metres, he would have won. 'So we went to Ascot, thinking the horse was in top form. But it rained for two days and he's just hopeless on soft ground and finished last. I'm not saying that even on a firm track he would have been good enough to win over Group One English horses in England, but I think he would have run a decent race.' Since his return home, Bocelli has picked up the Singapore Gold Cup on a limited preparation in quarantine. Now Busuttin, who won fame in Australia and New Zealand as the trainer of one of the greatest-ever Kiwi stayers, triple Wellington Cup winner Castletown, is after wish number two. 'He's been great here. We had a minor thing on Tuesday when he walked out of his box ready to work and pulled a shoe off but it isn't any concern. The farrier just fitted him with glue-on shoes because a little bit of hoof came away with the shoe and they were the better option. He'll race in them, but it's no big deal. That won't be the excuse if he's beaten.'