Horse of the year Good Ba Ba looked every inch a champion as he arrogantly flogged his rivals under barrier trial conditions at Sha Tin yesterday as a prelude to the Group One Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup on Sunday week. Good Ba Ba was handled by Eric Saint-Martin, and a break from racing has done nothing to diminish the poise of the Frenchman, who looked a perfect part of the package as he allowed Good Ba Ba to glide to victory on the bridle in the concluding stages. Good Ba Ba's winning time of 58.86 seconds for the straight 1,000m on turf was the fastest of six trials for the morning over that distance. Trainer Andreas Schutz said he was 'very happy' with Good Ba Ba's performance, describing it as 'very smooth and easy'. 'The time may not have been particularly fast but I was very happy with the way the horse performed,' Schutz said. 'Put it this way, earlier in the season he won a trial down the straight going 57.5 seconds and I was more happy with him today, despite the slower time.' Good Ba Ba will have a rematch with Sacred Kingdom in the Queen's Silver Jubilee, with the champion miler having edged out the champion sprinter in this very race 12 months ago at the intermediate distance of 1,400m. Christophe Soumillon is confirmed for Good Ba Ba in this race, but there is a very real doubt about him being able to maintain the connection in his follow-up race, the Champions Mile on April 26. 'That day is also a Group One day in France and, while Christophe has said the Aga Khan's main horse won't be running that day, there's a good chance he'll be required for something else instead,' Schutz said. 'So if Christophe cannot make it back from France that day, Eric will ride Good Ba Ba in the Champions Mile.'