It's about time and about times. About haute horologie, and two races, two titanic tactical turf tilts where timing will be everything and there's no rewind. The horsepower at Sha Tin for the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup today is awesome, but seconds aren't good enough. Good hands and the right engineering will win the gold. The winners of the world's richest turf races a month ago in Dubai are here and this time they're facing off. There was Rain in the desert and a Moon that shone but Vengeance wants revenge over the Japanese champ for the Hong Kong Cup and it's in the hands of Anthony Delpech. Things didn't work out last December and Delpech and Ferraris would probably like a time machine to go back and draw the gates again today, but Admire Moon fared no better and they'd both better perform like clockwork. It's about times. Tempo. And it's Vital for O'Sullivan's King as he tries to emulate Vengeance, the only Derby winner to make the step up next time. A race of three Derby winners - Vengeance, Viva and Vital. Sure, the three Vs, but what about Sir Ernesto? Who? Who? Could he be the key? He won't have many friends at the ticket windows, but he could win or lose it for someone. Coetzee has a clock in his head. It's probably Audemars Piguet, too. It keeps brilliant time, but his tactics are going to be alarming for more than one rival. Moore says there'll be no picnic for Coetzee. He's got Viva Macau and Viva Pataca and neither of Stanley Ho's runners wants a dawdle, but what can be done about it? Well, Ho grabbed Mick Kinane for Viva Pataca as the first step. Kinane's brilliance once turned the Hong Kong Cup inside out with great Precision in similar circumstances. But you have to admire the Japanese. Barrier 10. It doesn't matter for a horse like mine, says trainer Hiroyoshi Matsuda - and the 60-year-old has had plenty of time to work out what makes a good horse tick. Perhaps it will all be lost in translation. Admire Moon for Japan or Sushisan . . . for South Africa? Oh, well, pass the sake, Herman-san. Kampai. And De Kock is back. Not so Irridescent this year but looking to work the Oracle. Marwing sure knows his way around Sha Tin to take the Cup west, but he might have to settle for clean bowled with Kapil against the champion milers. How Good is Ba Ba? Trainer Andreas Schutz has shone this season - and it hasn't been only the sun on his scone. Schutz has put runs on the board. He says Ba Ba has to do it in Group One, but what was Armada? The Asian Mile Challenge is coughing and spluttering with a viral complaint, but that won't stop the show. What a race. Linngari might get a fright when he sees the inside rail so close at the start and the horse deserves his time. But so does The Duke and Joyful's wound up at last. The French may have hoisted the white flag and turned tail when they saw this race, but it could still be Viva la France. Mosse and Floral. Doleuze and Ba Ba. De Gaulle of them. But Prebble is Bullish. He's been to Dubai and back and says there's life in the old bloke yet to make it three. Time will tell. Stop. Watch. Thrill to the timeless greats of QE II day.