MY HOME TOWN can return master French trainer Patrick Biancone to the winners' circle in the third event on Hermes Cup day at Sha Tin. Biancone is languishing towards the bottom of the trainers' standings with just two winners to his name, but the plain fact of the matter is that very few of the horses he has run so far this season have had much chance of winning. They have either been too old or too high in the weights. My Home Town is one who looks set to take plenty of beating, having run such a great race when an unlucky half length second to the highly progressive Wind Dancer over 1,800 metres last time out. That day, Eric Legrix had to check My Home Town's momentum for a vital stride or two when he could not find any racing room on the inside and had to switch out the French import for a run. Because these stayers are a bit like the QEII, he lost more than the half length he was beaten by when steadied for that stride or two. Stayers take a fair amount of time to wind up to full speed and do not possess that instant acceleration. Under the circumstances, My Home Town did well to rally and catch another improving type in Sterling Town and claim second from him in the very final stride. That race was over 1,800 metres, but My Home Town, while a winner over course and distance, is undoubtedly better over further. The move to 2,000 metres will suit. He has also trained on really well since that good second and looks to have improved. He has always been a good worker by a stayer's standards, but his final gallop on Tuesday morning was exceptional. He led speedy stablemate Noble Dancer, who was given every possible opportunity to come and run him down, as the quicker horse should do in trackwork, but My Home Town kicked back over the final 50 metres and was going away again at the end of the gallop. The biggest danger may come from Concert Boss, who has always shaped like a thorough stayer and has been noted flying home in two runs over 1,400 metres and a mile so far this season. The quinella is a tricky affair as My Home Town's stablemate, Swept Away, has improved significantly for his reappearance and is not entirely out of it. Both Village Bard and Icy Bet are improving types. Timah is as honest as they come and Fortune Duke and Al Bundy are well treated on their best form of last season. It also looks as if David Hill has finally worked some magic on Northern Celadon, who is improving in his work. The Hermes Cup and its half brother, the fifth event, can both fall to the in-form combination of Neville Begg and Darren Beadman. What a difference Beadman has made to the Begg stable. Begg has always been able to mix it with the best as a trainer. The only difference is that, in Hong Kong, it is imperative to have a top jockey. Beadman is all of that, turning defeat into victory on horses such as Clear City. Winning Partners is hard to get away from in the Hermes Cup as he was so impressive down the straight 1,000 metres last time and won going away. Indeed, the further they went, the longer he was going to win by and the more strongly he was travelling. Deerfield looks the class horse in the fifth, having progressed well since his highly promising reappearance behind Super Fit in the Remy XO Cup. Beadman expects both to run well. He said: ''We're confident, but not overconfident about Winning Partners. He's drawn well, which is worth a length or two with so much speed on the outside. ''He's gone as well as could be hoped since he won, allowing for the slight training setback he had. He's trialled well and he certainly went as well in his final gallop on Tuesday as he did before winning last time. But it won't be the end of the world if he doesn't win. There's always next year.'' As for Deerfield, he added: ''He worked well on Tuesday morning and looks to have progressed since his reappearance. We're hopeful.''