RIVER Verdon pleased champion trainer David Hill on his reappearance in front of a crowd of 55,023 in the $1.25 million Remy XO Cup on a quality programme at sunny Sha Tin yesterday. The former Invitation Cup winner found the 1,200 metres too short but kept on encouragingly to finishing sixth of the 14 runners behind Lawrie Fownes' shock winner, Super Fit. He will now be entered for another sprint event, the first of the sprint championship events at Happy Valley in 10 days time. From there it will be a familiar path to the International Cup, taking in the set-weights Stewards' Cup and the big race itself on December 12. Hill said: ''He turned for home going really well for Basil (Marcus) but then a couple quickened up past him just showing too much speed. ''Obviously we were there to win if we could, but once his chance had gone Basil did not give him a hard time.'' There were also good Bowl and Cup trials from John Moore's Fastabob and former boom private purchase griffin, Deerfield, who was racing for the first time for Neville Begg. Quicken Away was outpaced by Super Fit and jockey Erix Legrix commented: ''He just hasn't got the speed for sprinting anymore. He wants at least 1,400 metres or even a mile.'' Concert King, once the star of the local sprinting show, finished a very poor last in this event, racing as if he had not recovered from the bleeding attack which forced him off the track before last season's International Bowl. Many observers thought he might have suffered another bleeding attack but trainer Derek Cruz reported that he had scoped clean after the race but had been sent for more detailed, though routine veterinary testing. ''He hung very badly round the bend and I'm hoping that it was just a case of the horse being ring rusty after such a long time off,'' said Cruz. Cruz had better luck in the last when his Derby candidate, Wind Dancer, put in an impressive trial for the Blue Riband event. Taking on older, seasoned handicappers, he showed great tenacity to keep My Home Town and Sterling Town at bay. Cruz also has Our Pal earmarked for the Derby and he added: ''I've always known that I've got two potential Derby horses in the yard.'' Meanwhile, Mick Kinane and Darren Beadman enjoyed the perfect Melbourne Cup preparation when scoring on Gay Pegasus II and King Star on yesterday's card. With 12,380 using Happy Valley's cross-betting facilities, the combined crowd of over 67,000 was the best of the season. Together with those betting off-course, they wagered $1,120 million through the tote which is only just short of the record turnover.