Vengeance Of Rain has been cleared for a start in next Sunday's Hong Kong Gold Cup after a dazzling barrier trial performance at Sha Tin yesterday. Vengeance Of Rain looked every pound the World Racing Champion as he charged home for second to front-running sprinter Flashing Star over 1,200 metres in fast time on the all-weather dirt track. Jockey Eric Saint-Martin, having his first ride on Vengeance Of Rain as regular Anthony Delpech recovers from his Wednesday night fall at Happy Valley, was gobsmacked at the quality of the gelding as an individual as well as the merit of his performance. 'He's just a machine,' Saint-Martin said. 'Even cantering down before the trial, he felt different to any other horse I've been riding here. You can feel his quality, even going slow like that. In the trial, he went brilliantly. We balanced in the early stages but he opened up very nicely in the final stages and felt perfect.' Vengeance Of Rain has been under a cloud since his withdrawal by order of the stewards from the Group One Stewards' Cup last month, after Ferraris had requested a vet check following a poor gallop. The check revealed an irregular heartbeat but the four-time Group One winner was back to his usual self, and his usual heartbeat, the following day. However, an outdated rule of racing says a horse that has been ruled out with such a condition cannot be entered for a race until it has trialled to the satisfaction of the stewards and passed a full veterinary examination. The strict enforcement of this rule meant Vengeance Of Rain also missed a start in last weekend's Centenary Vase, where Ferraris wanted to run him, and he will now go into the $8 million Hong Kong Gold Cup next weekend at his first start for two months. Ferraris confirmed Vengeance Of Rain flew through his veterinary check after the trial and has been formally cleared to return to racing. 'The horse is 100 per cent,' the trainer said. 'His recovery after the trial was very fast, his breathing was excellent.' Flashing Star, trained by Ricky Yiu Poon-fie, has now beaten the three best horses in Hong Kong under trial conditions. Third in this trial was Asian Mile Challenge hero Bullish Luck, while Flashing Star has twice beaten champion sprinter Silent Witness in trials.