GAY PEGASUS II should benefit considerably from the move up in distance to take this afternoon's final event on an enthralling Stewards' Cup card at Sha Tin. The David Oughton-trained three-year-old won in grand style on his reappearance, looking a most progressive individual as he powered a length and three-quarters clear of Super Tension and Excel Treasure over 1,400 metres. He was doing all his best work in the final 200 metres, shaping as if today's step up in distance to 1,800 metres would show him improve again. Indeed, the further they went, the bigger the winning margin looked like being. His breeding also indicates that he should relish the 1,800 metres as he is by the winner of the French and Irish derbies, Assert. He has been raised 10 pounds in the ratings for his last-start success, but that should be more than compensated for by three factors - the distance, there is the natural improvement in him (he has only raced five times in his life) and there is his fitness. He was making his seasonal reappearance when beating Super Tension and should be that much fitter for the outing. A measure of his progress shows up in the fact that he has won at his last two outings and beat none other than California Gold when scoring on his final start of last season. That form is working out well as California Gold has won his last two races this campaign. And when beating California Gold, he also registered one of the very best speed figures for a griffin from last season. There should also be a good guide to Gay Pegasus II's chance by the way that Super Tension runs earlier this afternoon. Gary Ng Ting-keung's gelding looks to be one of the main contenders for the sixth event, along with Super Falcon and Mighty Mighty. The quinella behind Gay Pegasus II is not so easy to find. Unmasked looked very unlucky not to run second to Lucky Clover last time out. Tony Cruz could not find a clear run on him in the straight, otherwise he would almost certainly have beaten Face The Odds home. But Cruz has opted for New Airport, who is very well handicapped, considering he runs from a mark of 63 in the middle of Class Three. This is after having arrived in Hong Kong the season before last, and early on run good races, from a mark of 94 in Class One. On his reappearance, New Airport was a good second to Lucky Swallow over 1,600 metres. The pair of them drew well clear of third-placed Royal Horse, which is usually a sign of solid form. New Airport should also benefit from the extra ground as he was a little outpaced early on behind Lucky Swallow and could then only stay on at one pace. He could represent the strongest quinella chance followed by Unmasked and So Easy, who took a heavy fall last time out, but has worked well since, ran very encouragingly on his reappearance and looks the type to continue to progress from his excellent showing last season. Muster Mark ran a creditable second to Grey Linnet last time, but this looks to be harder. The same applies to Miss Piggy on his second to Chater Star. Excel Treasure disappointed last time behind Lucky Swallow. Better Choice has more to do, but watch out for Long March and Planet. Long March will relish the distance and is the dark horse in the race, having been badly hampered last time out behind Gay Pegasus II. Planet did not act round Happy Valley last time, but had shaped promisingly on his reappearance. It is very hard to oppose River Verdon in the Stewards' Cup given the race conditions. Admittedly, he was just beaten by Sound Print in the race 12 months ago, but he appears to be going much better this time round. When he was beaten last season, he was running for the first time since his abortive trip and back to Chicago for the Arlington Million. Helene Star looks the other to consider and it really could be between these three. Wonderful World, who has been running top races under big weights in competitive handicaps, could be the one most likely to add value to the tierce.