Dual European Horse of the Year Ouija Board stands out as the signature horse of the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races so it was doubly important for trainer Ed Dunlop to cast his expert eye over her at Sha Tin yesterday as the build-up to the big event approaches its crescendo. Dunlop had not seen Ouija Board since her brave third to Japanese hero Deep Impact in the Group One Japan Cup 11 days ago, but the super filly quickly allayed any fears he might have harboured. 'She looks absolutely great and significantly better in the coat than a lot of the other European horses,' Dunlop said after inspecting Lord Derby's seven-time Group One winner. 'She had a hard race in the Japan Cup and when you meet a horse like Deep Impact, and are beaten, you naturally worry about how they will come out of it. 'But this filly is amazing. She's had quite a long season but has come through every race well and never disappointed. And yet again, she's come out of the Japan Cup without any evidence that it's hurt her. Her constitution is quite extraordinary.' Dunlop asked race rider Frankie Dettori to take over the reins on Ouija Board yesterday to get the champion jockey's views. 'I think Frankie knows her even better than I do,' Dunlop said. 'He took her for one lap of the turf track, at a trot and canter, and then moved along in the second lap and let her come down 800 metres. He couldn't find any fault with her, either.' Ouija Board quickened up after passing the 1,000-metre mark on the course proper and ran her 800m in 51.8 seconds, the last 400m in 21.9 and the final 200 metres in 11.4 seconds, with Dettori asking her to stretch out to clean up her wind. 'She's a grand filly and she felt absolutely wonderful, magic,' said the flamboyant Italian jockey. 'She felt like she was doing it so easily, so it is quite surprising she was able to run such a fast time. That's one of the reasons why she is such a great filly.' Dunlop paid particular attention to Ouija Board as Dettori walked her back down the straight after her workout, his well-trained eye looking for the slightest sign of distress, tiredness or the most subtle variation from the norm. 'She was just perfect,' the trainer said. 'If there is indeed anything wrong with her, then it is something we won't know until after the race. As far as we are concerned, she's in perfect order and I can't see any reason why she wouldn't run to her form.' And that being the case, one of the great moments in racing should unfold as anticipated, and Ouija Board will bow out on top, with a second Hong Kong Vase trophy to her everlasting credit.