Australia's best racehorse, Grand Armee, will not take his chance against the world's best middle-distance gallopers next month in the Hong Kong Cup despite his decimation of a classy field that included our own Elegant Fashion at Flemington on Saturday. Owner Alan Bell and trainer Gai Waterhouse conferred last night, as Grand Armee had to have an inoculation today if he was to come to Hong Kong. But after careful consideration, Bell ruled against it in favour of an autumn campaign in both Sydney and Melbourne. 'There is no hurry with this horse, he's been looked after and only has a handful of starts each preparation,' Bell explained. 'There's no reason he cannot have a campaign next spring aimed at the Cox Plate, and then the Hong Kong Cup. 'Sure, I know he'll be a seven-year-old then but he's been very lightly raced and has always been completely sound. He's a six-year-old who has had only 23 starts.' Bell, a skilled veterinary surgeon who has also trained Group One winners during a four-year stint as a trainer, said his own view was that Grand Armee should be set for next year's Australian Cup. 'I'd like to run in the Sandown Classic in two weeks' time,' Bell said. 'That race is over 2,400 metres but it will give us a chance to test him at that distance, against the B-graders. 'My own view is that he'll handle it, no worries. And if he comes through, then the BMW next autumn can be his secondary goal, after the Australian Cup.' Waterhouse had endured an eight-year drought at Group One level in Melbourne, with her last success at the highest level coming in the 1996 Mackinnon Stakes with All Our Mob. 'It was very satisfying, after all the barbs they've thrown at me in Melbourne over the last 18 months,' Waterhouse said. 'But I knew in Grand Armee, we had the right horse. His fourth in the Cox Plate was disappointing, but unfortunately things didn't quite work out for us. But on Saturday, we decided to go forward with them and he was absolutely brilliant.' Grand Armee, who was sent out a $2.70 favourite, simply dominated the race. Jockey Damien Oliver made a decisive move at the start when he urged Grand Armee out of the barriers to cross and lead, where he then controlled the race tempo. Grand Armee toyed with his rivals to win by four lengths - a margin that could easily have doubled had Oliver pushed the horse right out. Confectioner ($8) worked home for second, 1? lengths ahead of Vouvray ($7) in third and Elegant Fashion (Danny Nikolic) a late-closing fourth. Grand Armee's winning effort was reminiscent of his all-the-way, six-length demolition job on Lonhro in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes this year - the highest-rating performance of any horse in Australia for the entire season. It was a performance rated by Timeform at 125 but other ratings agencies had him going as high as 129.