Olivier Doleuze describes riding Good Ba Ba as 'like driving a Ferrari' and brilliantly demonstrated why yesterday when the 2008 Horse of the Year and his jockey thrashed their Sha Tin barrier trial rivals. The Andreas Schutz-trained Good Ba Ba won the first of four heats over the straight 1,000 metres course by three lengths in the fastest time of the morning and one rival jockey even chided Doleuze for losing his judgment of pace and going too fast. Doleuze was quick to defend himself, saying Good Ba Ba was such a smooth galloper he gave no impression of speed, and he assured both the rival jockey and Good Ba Ba's legion of fans the champion was 'barely out of half pace'. 'He is in great form and he felt just perfect today,' Doleuze said. 'He's an incredible horse because when you are on his back, he gives you no impression of the speed you are travelling at, he's just doing it so easily. 'It was important he have a proper gallop today, because he's got to be ready to return to the races [on Sunday week] and we don't want him to blow out there.' Although yesterday's sizzling trial performance indicates Good Ba Ba has come back as good as ever, Doleuze said he already knew. 'Andreas had asked me to ride him in two gallops already, and he went brilliantly, so I knew he was back in business,' Doleuze said. 'But it was still exciting this morning, to watch him put those horses away so quickly and so easily. Riding him is like driving a Ferrari, you can easily do your required 60 km/h, yet you are still in second gear.' While Doleuze's machine was dominant in the truest sense of the term, the career of Derby hero Helene Mascot appears to be at the crossroads after he finished 10th of the 11 runners. Helene Mascot was drawn next to Good Ba Ba but the last they saw of each other was when the gates opened. While Good Ba Ba was in front throughout, Helene Mascot was always under pressure from Felix Coetzee and never got on the bridle at all. Helene Mascot has had two rounds of surgery in a bid to correct a paralysis of the larynx and only returned to training five weeks ago. Champion stayer Viva Pataca ran third in a turf trial over 1,600 metres under jockey Zac Purton. The multiple Group One winner settled at the tail of the field and loomed menacingly in the home straight before running out of condition in the final 100 metres. Trainer John Moore appears to have Viva Pataca in brilliant order and he will take his place alongside Good Ba Ba in the Mission Hills Sha Tin Mile Trophy over 1,600 metres on October 26.