'He will be very hard to beat in Hong Kong' Australia's two best male racehorses at the present time - Grand Armee and Elvstroem - were both confirmed yesterday as contenders for the $14 million Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin on April 24. Grand Armee won at Group One level over 2,000 metres at Randwick yesterday in the Australian Jockey Club's version - the A$750,000 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes - and was immediately confirmed as a Hong Kong contender by trainer Gai Waterhouse and owner Alan Bell. Meanwhile, Frank Tagg, manager of the syndicate which races Elvstroem, confirmed the valuable Danehill stallion would fly in from Dubai for the QE-II, rather than direct to England as some members of the partnership had wanted. A telephone link-up of syndicate members on Friday night voted in favour of supporting trainer Tony Vasil, who had made it clear that coming to Hong Kong was not only his preference but his strong recommendation. Tagg said he would be attempting to contact the Hong Kong Jockey Club late yesterday to make the confirmation, with the club scheduled to announce the international invitees for the big race on Tuesday. Elvstroem won the Group One Dubai Duty Free (1,777m) on turf at Nad Al Sheba on the Dubai World Cup undercard last Saturday. In Sydney, Grand Armee was completely dominant in their QE-II, becoming the first horse since the mighty Tulloch (1960-61) to win the weight-for-age event in successive years. Grand Armee has now won four Group Ones at his optimum distance of 2,000 metres and is a significantly better horse than his 119 assessment in the inaugural World Thoroughbred rankings might suggest. 'It's a tremendous thrill to win back-to-back Queen Elizabeths with this horse, especially when you consider that Tulloch was the last horse to do it back in 1961,' said owner Bell. 'I really love this horse, he gives his all and I am indebted to the people of Sydney who have taken him into their hearts as well.' Waterhouse added: 'It's always lovely to win Group One races, they are never easy to win but this horse makes it look easy. He lifts the whole team at Tulloch Lodge and he makes mediocre horses strive to be better. 'As long as he pulls up well - and I am certain he will - we are definitely off to Hong Kong now and I just hope he can show his true form up there. He will be very hard to beat in Hong Kong if he runs up to today's effort.' Jockey Danny Beasley had no hesitation in saying Grand Armee is right at the top of the list of horses he has ridden. 'I love this horse,' Beasley said. 'I have ridden him 13 times for seven wins, including six Group Ones. 'Some people don't think he is a champion but he's a real champion to me. He is the best horse I have ever ridden and I don't think I will ever ride one as good for the rest of my career. He just tries so hard. 'Makybe Diva was too strong for him at the end of 2,400 metres but today, back to 2,000, he was never going to get beaten and showed that he doesn't have to lead either. He's a champion.' Meanwhile, Cox Plate winner Savabeel is most unlikely to come to Hong Kong after finishing near the tail of the field behind Grand Armee. The Zabeel youngster raced in a forward position but was beaten before the home turn. Trainer Graeme Rogerson said he is hopeful that the three-year-old may be able to turn things around in time for the Singapore Airlines International Cup in May.