While the four-year-old class headed to the Mercedes-Benz Derby has plenty of knockers, Sunday's Classic Mile might end up in the under-rated category. The Classic Mile and Stewards' Cup were run in the same time, something which didn't happen last year when they were run on the same day, and, with the allowance for the surface conditions on different days, had not happened in the previous five or six runnings of the race either. Every season, the Stewards' Cup always ran faster than the Classic Mile - which is as it should be since the latter is basically a Class One and Two event labelled Group One for the sake of the classic programme, like the Derby itself. Form ratings of Helene Mascot in the United Kingdom assessed him as better than Viva Pataca at the same stage and his ability to improve on that may come down to Tony Cruz's training and a particular quirk of European racing. In fairness, Viva Pataca was not fully explored in Britain, as a virus in his stable meant he was backward when the better three-year-old races were run. He has become better than his form suggested under John Moore's influence but the same may be true of Helene Mascot. In Britain, horses can get pigeon-holed from any early stage without proper examination, and Helene Mascot was seen as a dour horse from the start, as indicated by his quick jump to 2,000m at his second start, 18 days after his debut. Nevertheless, he progressed well enough to be considered a worthwhile Derby runner and ran boldly for sixth after being with the winner, Authorised, at the 500m. Since the winner won by five lengths, a margin of less than nine lengths is hardly a drubbing for sixth, and he finished beside the world's joint-seventh ranked horse, Soldier Of Fortune. Yet for all the good in that, Cruz himself hit the nail on the head, saying he thought connections there may not have been making the best use of what natural speed Helene Mascot has, and any perusal of his videos showed him heavily restrained early and over-racing, even when he won. Cruz didn't make the same mistake, asking Felix Coetzee to be handy, and while 1,600m might be the horse's lower distance limit, the different style of training and racing here might see him turn out less dour than he was thought. His former trainer, David Elsworth, expressed surprise when the last horse sold from his yard to Hong Kong - Cape Of Good Hope - turned out to be a top-grade short-course sprinter and he might be surprised again just how much more effective Helene Mascot can be at less than the marathon journeys pencilled in for him in his previous career.