HONG KONG'S International Cup and Bowl stars were on parade on the Sha Tin grass yesterday morning for one of their final lead-up gallops prior to next Sunday's showpiece events. David Hill's Cup pair River Verdon and Fortune Leader were not asked to do anything too seriously but what they did do, they did well enough. River Verdon was taken through his paces by Walter Swinburn in the absence of regular rider Basil Marcus who is away representing the territory in Japan. He went smoothly for Swinburn and Hill pronounced himself well pleased with the way ''the big horse'' has come out of his hard-fought Stewards' Cup defeat of Happy Guy. ''He seems to be really well in himself and I'm looking forward to running him,'' said Hill. ''He goes into the race with a good chance.'' Fortune Leader has been a revelation this season, winning two of his three races and then catching the eye with his run behind Motivation in the National Panasonic Cup. He was ridden in yesterday's trackwork session by Tony Cruz who has been snapped up by Hill for the big day. Fortune Leader is never an impressive worker, reserving his best for his powerful late bursts on raceday itself. But he does look really well in himself and Hill concedes him a realistic tierce chance. ''I've never had him so well. He's bucking and kicking,'' he added. John Moore's Motivation, who actually beat River Verdon home when fourth to Romanee Conti in last season's International Cup, was one of the morning's most impressive workers. He seemed to have the edge over Lawrie Fownes' Kadbridge in a very strong piece which confirmed that Motivation, like Fortune Leader, had trained on well since the Panasonic. Motivation needs very little work to come to himself, hence his excellent first-time-out record, and he is unlikely to do too much work from now until Sunday. This light work regime, discovered by Moore and former stable jockey Darren Beadman last season, has been one of the principal reasons behind the Argentinian-bred horse's surge to the top of Class One. Alan Munro looks almost certain to ride Derek Cruz's Wind Dancer in the International Cup as he worked him on the grass yesterday morning. Cruz's Our Pal, who put in such an improved effort when third to River Verdon at level weights in the Stewards' Cup, went really well in his grass gallop. He continues to improve and should be a very interesting Derby candidate. Swinburn also helped out Neville Begg by putting Winning Partners through a quiet piece on the grass but Begg confirmed that Mick Kinane, like Marcus absent in Japan, rides in the Bowl. In other work yesterday there was a most pleasing effort from Hill's Mustang who looks the type to make further progress this season following his decisive Valley win over a mile last time out. Mustang was always holding stablemate On The Double who is a speedy type and usually a good trackwork guide. Fownes' grey horse Derby Gazelle holds his form extremely well and looked full of beans as he came home with stablemate Tung Feng.