Chief Handicapper Nigel Gray believes this year's Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby field is one of the most competitive he has compiled and said he would not be surprised to see any one of a number of horses claim the HK$16 million race on Sunday week. Gray (pictured) and his team have whittled down the long list of Derby entrants to a final field of 14. 'It really is a competitive field and there is great strength and depth in the race,' Gray said. 'There is a good mixture of horses, with unbeaten runners Brave Kid and Fair Trade adding interest and lining up against the horses that have come through the traditional Derby lead-up races. 'Last year I think Collection stood out as the horse to beat, but this year there are a number of runners capable of winning and I think it will come down to how the race is run.' Despite the Tony Cruz-trained Beauty Flash holding the highest rating on the handicappers' scale, Gray is enthusiastic about seeing unbeaten gallopers Fair Trade and Brave Kid line up against the best four-year-olds in Hong Kong. 'With championship races you are always looking for something to stand up and really produce something exciting,' Gray said. 'There is no measure on how far the unbeaten horses can go and that is really something to enthuse about. 'A lot will depend on the pace of the race, but it is a fascinating test of stamina and you don't know who will make that step and who won't.' There were no real surprises in the final field, with most of the main players in the Derby lead-ups all securing a start in the feature event. 'Derby Trial winner King Dancer is obviously in the field, and high-rated horses like Beauty Flash are well suited at level weights, but there are also a number of horses who have performed well overseas and are yet to hit their top mark here,' Gray said. 'All in all it is a fascinating line-up and I am looking forward to Sunday week with great anticipation.'