Trainer Tony Cruz is clearly the man to beat in today's traditional feature but it might be one of the least-distinguished of his team in Floral Pegasus who can deliver the Group Three Chinese Club Challenge Cup (1,400 metres). With a record eight runners, Cruz is an odds-on chance to be lifting the traditional year-opening trophy race, and he has the quality as well as the numbers. In Bullish Luck, Russian Pearl, Silent Witness, Cruz has three truly outstanding top liners to spearhead the charge and his emotional favourite will doubtless be Silent Witness (Felix Coetzee) as he attempts to break back into the winner's list after going all of 2006 without a success. But while Floral Pegasus (Gerald Mosse) didn't quite measure up to that elite grade in the Hong Kong Mile last time out, he is back to 1,400m and that is significant. The son of Fusaichi Pegasus has won two of his four runs at this trip and has looked very much at his best over the course, while the mile just stretches him at this stage. Three starts ago, he ran a brilliant time in a Class One win over the Sha Tin 1,400m then was forced to step up in trip with hopes of winning an international race. Though his runs in the Mile Trial and the Hong Kong Mile were solid, they fell just short of his best but he should return to that today. Of course, the quandary for punters and for Mosse, is what to do about gate 14. There would appear to be few options available, with Floral Pegasus' high cruising speed likely to necessitate an aggressive ride from Mosse, who will otherwise risk being caught wide. His issue is then whether others will go forward with him and how hard they will make him work, but undoubtedly any horse which does attempt to keep Floral Pegasus out in the early stages will be softening himself up, too. There is no more efficient big-race jockeys than Mosse, who turns 40 on Wednesday and won the race last year for Danny Shum Chap-shing on Scintillation and in 1993 for Patrick Biancone with Helene Star. He will sum up the tempo as it happens but punters should get better odds as a result of the draw. His main danger is Shum's All's Well (Shane Dye), who didn't enjoy the best of trips down the home straight on international day behind Happee Owner when third. He was held up at a vital stage in a stop-start kind of race, then got going again late but the leaders had got away. With the likelihood of a true tempo, Dye will probably save up All's Well for his big finish and, with 119 pounds, this rising star will take some holding. Silent Witness is clearly not the horse he once was, but has put together worthwhile runs at his past three starts and shouldn't be far away. Another Cruz lightweight in Supreme Class (Anthony Delpech) looks ready to take the step up in grade now and has a chance at odds, while David Hall's team is firing and My Choice (Terry Wong Chi-wai) carries only a postage-stamp weight.