Will the real Gold Sandfield please stand up? That is the question speculators on race six at Sha Tin today will be, or should be, asking. The New Zealand-bred gelding has always shown a certain amount of promise, often getting well out of his ground and running on late. But on January 26, when ridden by Eric Saint-Martin for the first time, we saw a new version of Gold Sandfield and this one could not have been more impressive. Gold Sandfield relaxed, back in the field, and revelled in the strong pace set up front. Saint-Martin rode with supreme confidence, bringing him from 12th position on the home turn to win by 31/4 lengths. On the strength of that performance, Gold Sandfield started $37 favourite over the same course and distance on February 11. Instead of unleashing that booming finish, the chestnut was one of the first beaten and weakened tamely in the straight to trounce by Classic King. So which do you believe or rely upon this afternoon? There are a couple of theories. Firstly, there's no doubt that Gold Sandfield prefers to be ridden cold, in other words, to balance in the early stages and be saved for one strong, final stretch run. Although he was ridden perfectly, in a text-book sense, last start, it just doesn't suit him - energy used early is energy he doesn't have at the finish. The other theory is that, in his January 26 win, he just went 'too big'. Perhaps a combination of factors had him feeling so good that he ran above himself, and it took a toll on his energy reserves. Today will tell us more. With Saint-Martin serving a period of suspension, compatriot Gerald Mosse will prove a more-than-capable substitute. And he, too, is a master of riding the waiting race. Which Gold Sandfield will turn up this afternoon is hard to say. But if the January 26 version decides it's his day again, there's no betting about the result. Meanwhile, Anthony Delpech has appealed his careless riding suspension, incurred on Grand Commands at Happy Valley. He has also been granted a stay of proceedings, so the effect of the penalty (a two meeting suspension and a fine of $80,000) has been lifted until the appeal is heard. Depending on when the appeal can be convened, it may enable Delpech to retain the ride on Vengeance of Rain in the $14 million Hong Kong Derby tomorrow week.