Derby winning mare Elegant Fashion gets her chance to prove herself as the leading local contender for the Hong Kong Cup in December by taking out the $3 million Asia's World City International Cup Trial over the same course and distance at Sha Tin this afternoon. The bonny mare should execute revenge on Self Flit who beat her the last they met in the Sha Tin Trophy held over the mile. Obviously, the key advantage is the step up to 2,000 metres - a journey at which she has beaten Self Flit on both occasions they have clashed. The benefit of two outings this term at 1,400 and 1,600 metres has brought the dual-hemisphere Group winner closer to peak condition, and from gate three with leading jockey Douglas Whyte on board there is plenty in her favour. Self Flit, arguably underrated despite his wonderful record, was a convincing winner last time, and clearly has matured further this season. The simple fact is that he has not proven as effective over this journey in the past, and the mare clearly has his measure at 2,000 metres. Although he is the highest-rated runner in this field, he may have to play second fiddle again, especially as he concedes Elegant Fashion four pounds. A bigger threat is expected to come from Danehill gelding Dr More, who put the writing on the wall last time when fourth to Self Flit. It was an excellent performance, especially given the weight carried (132 pounds) and the fact he came from near last on the turn. His course and distance record is formidable, with a win and two seconds from four attempts and his only failure to hit the frame was when unsuited by the muddling pace of the International Cup last year. John Size has his string hitting form and Dr More looks a slightly better chance than stablemate River Dancer. The Sadler's Wells import finished 10th behind Self Flit last time, although he definitely found the mile too short for his liking and the ground too firm. The move up to 2,000 metres is a positive. It is reasonable to assume that Whyte opted to ride Elegant Fashion ahead of Blue Stitch, who faces his second tough assignment at the top level. Given his current rating (102), it would not have been the hardest of decisions for the leading rider. However, Blue Stitch is still on the upgrade, but he has shown enough potential to warrant respect against this field, particularly given that he won his only start over the 2,000 metres at Sha Tin. He also competed very well against comparable opposition in the Champions & Chater Cup (Gr 1, 2,400m) at the end of last season. Tony Cruz has potential Derby contender Raider entered, the gelding bidding to make amends for a disappointing run in the Sha Tin Trophy. He is untried over the course and distance and, while he may have been in need of the outing last time, he faces similar opposition on worse terms. Raider has shown enough quality to figure in the finish but, given the conditions, a minor placing may be his best-possible result. Helene Vitality finished a game second to Blue Stitch last time over 1,800 metres and the extra furlong is a bonus. He has a decent course-and-distance record and if he has improved further he could be a value chance to hit the frame. Connections of Cheers Hong Kong and Industrial Success will be hoping for rain, as on the face of it that would be their only real chance of figuring in the finish. There were signs that Cheers Hong Kong was coming back to his best last time, but he looks too far out of the handicap to be competitive on firm ground. Industrial Success is another Derby candidate who will be suited by the step up in trip but whether he is only suited to wet tracks is still too early to tell. Magnifier has not managed to win on either start in Class One company this term, so it would be a massive surprise if he came close today. The same can be said for Mine Host, who has not returned this season with the same zest for racing. Sangreal was well beaten at his Hong Kong debut behind Bobo Win over 1,400 metres. He looks way out of his depth, even though he will be more suited by this journey and is no doubt fitter.