TRAINER David Hill wants an International Cup place for his brilliant, last-stride Sha Tin Trophy winner, Fortune Leader, in December's $5-million calendar showpiece. Fortune Leader (5-1) scored a gripping victory in yesterday's Group Three, $1.35-million event and joint champion trainer Hill had scarcely left the presentation podium before declaring: ''He has earned a place in the International Cup line-up. ''He went into this race on a rating of 111 and after this win he's going to be next to River Verdon. I am absolutely certain he will run a great race in the International Cup.'' Fortune Leader followed up a sizzling first-day triumph over this 1,600-metre trip by defying a weight burden of 139 lb to score by a head from game Right Way (7-1), with much-improved Wind Dancer (8-1) a similar margin back in third place. It was a tremendous race and represented a real training triumph for Hill with champion jockey Basil Marcus chipping in with a faultless riding effort. Marcus came surging down the outside to nail leaders Right Way and Wind Dancer virtually on the finishing line - and he had been working overtime in the middle stages to keep the vastly improved Irish import in contention. The International Cup distance of 1,800 metres will be infinitely better for Fortune Leader and there can be no doubt that Hill deserves real credit for conjuring two 1,600-metre wins out of the five-year-old who needs a lot longer than this trip. Hill explained: ''I was very confident that he would run particularly well on the first day although I was not here to see him win. He was fresh and the fast pace that day really suited him. But I was pleasantly surprised at the ease of his win. ''Basically, from then until today I was very, very easy with him. I just wanted to keep him as fresh as I could because I felt that was the way I could get another win out of him at this distance. ''It has all worked out very well but it was very much full marks to Basil who knew exactly what was needed.'' Right Way, with Jimmy K. H. Ting up, has usually made the running in his previous big wins but was ridden from just off the pace yesterday and responded extremely well in the concluding stages. He had come across from an outside draw (11) but ran a very stout race in defeat as did Wind Dancer. The gross disappointment was 3-1 favourite Dashing, the boom horse of last season. But the bubble exploded yesterday with Dashing finishing 11th of 13 - topweight Motivation was a non-starter - and no discernible excuses. It may now be back to the drawing board with this fellow.