BRILLIANT Deerfield, whose path to glory has been dogged by setbacks, gets his chance to re-establish his credentials in the fifth event on tomorrow's Hermes Cup card at Sha Tin. Deerfield, a brilliant griffin when with Alex Wong Yu-on, made the move to open company quite spectacularly, but it all went wrong in his second season. Hit by the virus early on, he then had a mysterious back ailment and was eventually withdrawn on the eve of last season's Derby. American-bred Deerfield had looked every inch a budding champion, but he finished his second season under a cloud. He was then transferred to Neville Begg, who put plenty of work into getting the potential superstar back on to the winning trail. Although he did not impress in one trial before his seasonal debut, he ran a magnificent fourth in the Remy XO Cup, finishing just adrift of shock winner Super Fit and the unlucky Fastabob over 1,200 metres. It was a run that underlined the growing belief that Begg, and stable jockey Darren Beadman, have got Deerfield firing again, but the crunch will come in the second leg of the Double Trio tomorrow. On his previous form, this is a race that Deerfield would win. It will be a searching test of his newly-issued credentials tomorrow, but it usually pays to side with quality and Deerfield is not lacking on that score. The gut feeling is that Deerfield will either win or will not finish in the first three, which does make him slightly risky DT banker. Easily the hardest for Deerfield to beat will be hat-trick-hunting Champman River. South African visitor Jeff Lloyd gets the ride as John Marshall, who has piloted Champman River to his two excellent wins, will partner Clever Witness for retaining trainer John Moore. Champman River steps back up to 1,400 metres and this will be right for him after a crushing success over the longer Sha Tin sprint last time when he looked fully capable of winning again. Frankly, there is not a lot to get excited about in the rest of this field, although reliable Crown Counsel, from the Lawrie Fownes stable, rarely lets anyone down and should be included in the DT. The featured Hermes Cup is the first leg of the DT and the banker has to be another Begg horse, rising star Winning Partners. This classy Australian import hacked up at his seasonal debut down the straight 1,000 metres and connections are bidding for a place in the International Bowl line-up. A win in this Class One, 1,400-metre event will get them the invitation. This is clearly Winning Partners' toughest race, but there is plenty of class about him and he can prevail. Irish champion Mick Kinane rides Kadbridge, ideally suited by this trip, while the other Fownes runner, shock last-start winner Super Fit, will be ridden by stable jockey Darren Gauci.