'He's looking for further and the Hong Kong Mile will be perfect' Grand Zulu may carry a high burden of expectation, being tagged the best Australian private purchase ever to come to Hong Kong, but the only people who'll be disappointed in the star commodity will be those who took the $24 about him at Sha Tin yesterday, only to see him beaten by a nose in a deceptive finish. Grand Zulu, a certainty beaten in the Rosehill Guineas (Group One) before winning The BMW at Rosehill last autumn, stormed home under 130 pounds to be beaten a centimetre by South African-bred four-year-old Goody, to whom he conceded 17 pounds. Winning a Class One race at one's first start in Hong Kong is not exactly unknown, but the going rate is about once every two years, with the last being Elegant Fashion in January 2003, while top-class sprinter Firebolt and champion South African galloper Resfa are two more who conjured winning HK debuts in years gone by. Grand Zulu's performance yesterday was all the more important because trainer John Size has accepted the challenge to run him in the $14 million Hong Kong Mile in two weeks. And as far as jockey Douglas Whyte was concerned, Grand Zulu didn't let anyone down. 'It was a great effort,' the Durban Demon said. 'I was always going to ride him quietly and give him a chance to finish off the race. He was a bit slow to begin but I wouldn't use that as an excuse. 'The way he worked into the race, he was toiling a bit and at the 200 metres and I thought at that stage he'd run sixth or seventh. But over the last 100 metres he lifted into another gear and I thought he was going to win. A really great effort, just what you wanted to see.' Whyte added: 'Grand Zulu gave me a great feel. He's looking for further and the Hong Kong Mile in two weeks' time is going to be perfect. 'There was always the chance today, 1,400 metres might be a little bit short, even first-up, but anything above 1,400 metres today, after just a couple of soft trials, would have been a gut-buster. He'll be spot on for the big race on December 12.' The $1.6 million Chevalier Cup proved to be a triumph for the former champions of South Africa, trainer David Ferraris and jockey Anthony Delpech. Delpech, who completed a double after taking the afternoon's opener with Bacchus ($73), said the key to Goody was giving the gelding the opportunity to balance early. 'A couple of times he's been ridden forward and hasn't finished his race off,' Delpech explained. 'I asked David if I could go back on him from the wide barrier and he was completely supportive of the plan. 'He's a really good little horse and there was no fluke about the win. He's even got held up a couple of times in the straight, so he'd have been a certainty beaten if he didn't get the photo. But there's no doubt that's the way to ride him - the less you do on him early, the bigger finish he'll produce.' Delpech, four-time champion jockey and season record-holder in his homeland, has made a great fist of the first term of his second Hong Kong season. Yesterday's double brought his tally to 12 and saw him leapfrog Dwayne Dunn into seventh place on the jockeys' title chase, behind tearaway leader Whyte (33). Key To Success ($77) ran a brave race for third, a half length behind Grand Zulu, after momentarily looking the winner halfway down the straight. However, the John Moore-trained galloper had been one of those chasing a fast pace, from close quarters, and was pushed out into the breeze before the home turn. Raider, a dual Group One winner in New Zealand as a juvenile, is now a five-year-old but has won only one race - a Class One event, two years ago - from 15 Hong Kong starts. Nevertheless, Raider is still well up in the handicaps and his 110 rating is unlikely to be reduced after yesterday's brave fourth. 'The horse is going well but he's in a very difficult spot in the handicap,' said trainer Tony Cruz. 'He's run another good race today and so did my other horse California Hawk (fifth). 'He's had a lot of problems but has come back very well and today's run was a pleasing effort first-up for six months.'