Paul O'Sullivan has no reservations about asking National Day Cup hero Fellowship to take the next step on the road to the top at Sha Tin next weekend, even though it means a clash with superstars Good Ba Ba and Viva Pataca. Fellowship won the October 1 feature at 1,400 metres cosily, under a perfect Douglas Whyte ride, and yesterday had his first gallop since as O'Sullivan cranks him up for an even tougher assignment. 'I was feeling very good about his chances on Sunday week until I saw Good Ba Ba smash them in the barrier trial on Tuesday, that took the wind out of my sails a bit,' O'Sullivan said. 'But in saying that, Good Ba Ba will be first-up at 1,600 metres and will carry 133 pounds. Our horse has had a race already, and we'll be in receipt of 11 pounds. If we are going to beat Good Ba Ba, we do at least have some factors in our favour.' The big clash will take place in the Group Three Mission Hills Sha Tin Mile Trophy. Although the race is still 10 days away, most of the key engagements have already been made. 'Douglas Whyte is confirmed for Fellowship,' O'Sullivan said. 'He was very impressed with him first-up and I'm delighted that he has enough confidence in the horse to want to stick with him.' Yesterday, assistant trainer Johnny Ho King-sum gave Fellowship a steady gallop on the all-weather track at Sha Tin. 'We've learned a bit about him as we've gone along, and he definitely likes to be a bit on the fresh side,' O'Sullivan said. 'The other thing we now know is that he appreciates being ridden a bit more quietly. He has never been as far back [as in the National Day Cup] but he's never finished as brilliantly, either.' O'Sullivan is almost too scared to mention the 'international' word out loud, but hopes Fellowship will make his own case for the big races next weekend. 'One thing is that the path towards the international races, for him, is a series of achievable steps - he's not being thrown in at the deep end,' he said. 'The Sha Tin Trophy is a handicap and sees him receiving 11 pounds from Good Ba Ba. If he makes it to the International Mile Trial, he'll receive five pounds off him under the special conditions. And if he wins that, well, he'll deserve his chance in the Hong Kong Mile at level weights.' Andreas Schutz said while he's delighted with the way Good Ba Ba is going, he does not anticipate his six-year-old star can improve on his second-placed finish in the Sha Tin Mile Trophy 12 months ago when it also marked his seasonal bow. 'The trial was pretty good - about a second outside what he was doing last season when he was in top form - and I'm very happy with his form,' Schutz said. 'But it will be different for his return this season because, although last year he came into this race after a similar prep, this time he has a penalty for his Group One wins, meaning he'll carry 133 pounds not 126. 'So it might be tough for him to win, especially when the main focus for now is the International Mile.'