Matsurida Gogh (left) is arguably Japan's leading stayer, following the retirement of Admire Moon to stud, and he certainly showed why in a power-packed gallop at Sha Tin on Wednesday. The handsome bay gave stablemate Meiner Segal [engaged in Champions Mile] a five length start and a comprehensive beating, running 1,000 metres in 1 minute 3 seconds, the last 400 metres in a brilliant 21.5 seconds. 'That was exactly what I wanted to see from him,' said trainer Sakae Kunieda after jockey Masayoshi Ebina had eased him down at the end of the workout. 'I'm very happy with his condition.' Helene Mascot (above), the Hong Kong Derby hero, has delighted trainer Tony Cruz since his triumph in the Mercedes-Benz sponsored classic back on March 16. Helene Mascot has been completely sound since that victory and bids to become only the second Derby winner, after Vengeance Of Rain (2005) to add the AP QEII in the same season. Helene Mascot's penultimate gallop was a steady 800m in 56 seconds on Sunday morning, with the stable's allocated apprentice Marco Chui Kwan-lai on board. Sir Slick (above) is a horse who has already won 19 races in New Zealand and, as a bold front-runner, he adds an interesting dimension to this year's Audemars Piguet QEII Cup. On Tuesday, the free-going Kiwi gelding worked on the main grass track and ran 1,200 metres in 1:18.0, the last 600 metres in 36.38 seconds and his final 200 metres in 11.1 seconds. 'The horse is in great shape,' said trainer Graeme Nicholson. 'He's had plenty of racing but he thrives on it and I think Sunday's race will suit him, pending the strength of the opposition and that's something we can't control. Bruce [Herd, jockey] knows him well and rides him well, so here we come.' Good Ba Ba (left) bids to make it five wins in succession in the Champions Mile and trainer Andreas Schutz issued a very positive bulletin on Tuesday. 'He worked on Monday with Olivier Doleuze riding and I was very happy with what I saw,' Schutz said. He pulled up well and even gave a little buck and a kick afterwards so you'd have to look on that as a pretty positive sign. We beat Sacred Kingdom last time and while maybe we were a bit lucky that day, I believe he's in the same sort of form now so I am looking forward to another big run.' Viva Pataca (right) is the defending AP QEII title holder and seeks to become only the third horse, after Nazakat and Eishin Preston, to win the race in successive years. Jockey Darren Beadman handled him in fast work last week and issued an enthusiastic report. 'I've had a gallop on him and he feels great since he's come home from Dubai,' Beadman said. 'He's put on a little weight in the last week or so and is getting back to his right racing weight, which is always a good sign. Back on his home ground he's going to be hard to beat.' Archipenko (below), from South Africa, looked awesome in his Tuesday galloper with race rider Kevin Shea on board. The well-bred bay horse, who was unlucky in the Dubai Duty Free last start, performed strongly in a solo spin over 1,000 metres in 1:05.0 on the Sha Tin course proper. 'I am very pleased with the horse, and Kevin was very happy with that piece of work,' assistant trainer Trevor Brown said. 'What I like about him is that he's progressive, and he's shown improvement in each of his recent starts.