1-2-3-4 finish in Sha Tin Trophy signals his strong hand for International Races Caspar Fownes has an embarrassment of riches as the countdown to the International Races begins, and yesterday's 1-2-3-4 result in the $2.3 million Sha Tin Trophy merely underlines the stable's growing prowess at racing's top level. Green Treasure, handled to perfection by Shane Dye, took all the inside runs and was then too strong in the final stages for gallant stablemate The Duke, who looked like causing a 45-1 upset when he moved up to take control inside the final 200 metres. Frenchman Gerald Mosse was upset that Bowman's Crossing had been held up, claiming the veteran should have finished closer than his third placing, just three-quarters of a length behind the winner. And then the was Saturn, who blazed a trail at the head of affairs under the guidance of apprentice Alex Lai Hoi-wing and kicked on gamely after being overtaken halfway down the straight. 'I think Green Treasure is a very good horse,' Fownes said. 'His first-up run at 1,400 metres was tremendous and he's come on really well since that run. He's such a versatile horse he could probably go for any of the races - the Mile, the Cup or the Vase in December. 'But I'm inclined to think we should aim at the Cup, as I suspect 2,000 metres is his best distance.' Dye had two rides on Green Treasure at the back end of last season, when he was prepared by Derek Cruz, and owner Roger Li Ka-chun was happy to stick to the New Zealander despite the change of stables. 'He showed his class by finishing third in the Queen Mother Memorial at 2,400 metres under top weight of 133 pounds,' Dye added. 'He's not an easy horse to ride because he's quite light in the mouth. That's why he's always better when there's genuine speed on - the stronger the pace the better he likes it. But I think he'd be a handful in a slow-pace race. In my opinion, 2,000 metres is his best distance, but that's none of my affair - I'll be leaving all that to Cas.' Fownes was delighted at the return to form of The Duke, who has struggled for most of the year since picking up a fungal infection in his coat in March. 'We took him to Japan for the Yasuda Kinen but he just wasn't right and couldn't perform to his best,' Fownes said. 'But I thought his last run showed us a sign that he was on the way back, and he really looks like he's turned the corner in recent weeks. His coat is starting to bloom again.' The Duke, runner-up to Japanese raider Hat Trick in the 2005 Hong Kong Mile, will be aimed at that race again. 'He races best at this time of year,' Fownes said. Bowman's Crossing was second to Lucky Owners in the 2003 Hong Kong Mile and it's amazing to think the eight-year-old threatens to be competitive again three seasons later. 'He's a freak, this old horse,' Fownes said. 'I think I've found the secret to him and if I can just keep him sound, he'll always give a good account of himself. 'He stays 2,000 metres so I could go either way [Cup or Mile] with him, but I think I'll concentrate on the Mile.' Saturn will again head for the Hong Kong Vase (2,400m) and in all likelihood so will sixth-placed Hail The Storm, whose winning chance was ruined when the circumstances of the race saw Eddie Lai Wai-ming posted wide and without cover. Yasuda Kinen winner Bullish Luck (10-1) returned to racing looking bigger and settled down at the rear of the field for apprentice Jacky Tong Chi-kit. However, the champion miler did not respond to the urgings of the seven-pound claimer and failed to pass a horse in the run home.