WINNING Partners virtually sealed a coveted International Bowl place with a record-breaking win in yesterday's $1.25 million Hermes Cup at Sha Tin. The Neville Begg-trained five-year-old, given the perfect ride from a perfect number one draw by Darren Beadman, won by half a length and a neck from the improving Mount Hansen and Happy Guy with Kadbridge fourth. In winning, he clocked one minute 21.6 to clip 0.1 seconds from Concert King's previous best for the 1,400 metres. But it is worth noting that Concert King was burdened with 21 pounds more when clocking his time in September of last year. On the face of it, Winning Partners' victory still gives him a bit to find with the overseas runners and the likes of local speedsters, Helene Star and Sound Print, in the $4 million Bowl on December 12. He was coming back to Mount Hansen in the final 50 metres having burst clear from 200 metres out. But the bare result conceals a serious interruption to Winning Partners' training programme. Beadman stressed: ''There is definitely more to come from him, I'm really sure of that. ''He had a temperature of 105 after winning down the straight last time and was really knocked back. ''There is no way that he was fully fit for today's race. In fact Neville did really well to get him in the shape he was. ''If you knew he was as fit as we could get him then, yes, you'd have to say that he would struggle against a few of them in the Bowl. ''But I'm convinced there is more to come. In the circumstances I was really pleased with his effort.'' Begg said: ''It is now up to the Jockey Club to make the decision. He won't run again before the Bowl.'' Other names in the shake up for the four local places in the Bowl start with Helene Star and Sound Print, with Red Ruffian and Fastabob also coming into contention. Red Ruffian, far from fully fit due to problems with his feet, ran eighth behind Winning Partners but does have a victory in last season's sprint championship, the Chairman's Prize to aid his cause. Fastabob is due to run in next Sunday's set-weights Stewards' Cup, which is where last season's Derby winner and luckless International Bowl runner-up Helene Star is due to make his eagerly-awaited reappearance. Also running here are River Verdon and, probably, Sound Print. Stewart warned that Helene Star's place in the Bowl would be in serious jeopardy if he did not run before the big December showpiece. Outside chances for a Bowl place must also go to the likes of Kadbridge, and Mount Hansen. In the Cup, two of the four placings are set to go to River Verdon and Motivation with the likes of Fortune Leader and Wind Dancer big hopes of filling the other two berths. Begg and Beadman had been hoping that Deerfield would stake a big claim for a place in the Cup by winning yesterday's fifth event. He finished strongly for second behind Biancone's Noble Dancer having suffered a troubled run from 300 metres out Beadman tried for an opening between Champman River and Asawa Dee only for Deerfield to receive a couple of unintended blows on the nose from the whip of Johnny Ho who was riding Asawa Dee. This cost him vital momentum and Beadman steadied and went for an inside run. Deerfield rallied to be beaten just a neck by Noble Dancer. Beadman stressed: ''He definitely would have won. He lost all his momentum and it allowed Noble Dancer to zip right through.'' Deerfield is now another intended runner in the mouth-watering Stewards' Cup but first he must pass a barrier trial which could mean a trip to Happy Valley for Tuesday's session. Beadman completed a double when Va Vite benefitted from the removal of the blinkers to scoot home in the eighth.