CHAMPION New Zealand jockey Lance O'Sullivan was delighted by Winning Partners' condition when he rode him work for the first time at Tokyo racecourse yesterday as they prepare for Sunday's historic $14 million Yasuda Kinen. But O'Sullivan, annoyed at reports that he is to approach Winning Partners' trainer Neville Begg for a stable job next season, is under no illusion about the task ahead in the mile event.ry bright in himself.'' The Yasuda Kinen, in which International Bowl hero Winning Partners will face the top French filly Ski Paradise who ran second in the Breeders' Cup Mile before winning easily in Japan recently, is run in the opposite direction to racing in Hong Kong. But Winning Partners worked left-handed for the first time yesterday morning and O'Sullivan added: ''He seemed to handle the bends all right, though we only went slowly. ''We will know a fair bit more about how he goes left-handed when we work him at speed tomorrow.'' O'Sullivan has studied the video of Ski Paradise's 1,400-metre win in Japan the weekend before last in which she had last season's English 1,000 Guineas winner, Sayyedati, back in third. ''She won very easily and is going to be a very tough opponent,'' said O'Sullivan. ''Sayyedati was also running on well over the 1,400 metres, so we're under no illusions about the task ahead.'' O'Sullivan was also at pains to dismiss suggestions that he will be approaching Begg for a stable position. He stressed: ''All I have done is to apply for another three-month position with the Jockey Club next season and I'm very much hoping to get one of those spots. ''I will not be approaching Mr Begg. That is not the right way to do things. If he wanted to bring it up then of course it would be great to sit down and talk things over. ''But so far there hasn't even been a suggestion of that.'' Meanwhile, leading Melbourne rider Damien Oliver is much in demand with trainers who are queueing up for his services on Sunday's Champions and Chater card. Oliver, 21, is currently four clear of Steven King in the Melbourne premiership. He's here on a one-month licence but had to miss last Saturday's meeting due to a domestically incurred suspension. But he's been very busy at trackwork and has already picked up seven rides on Sunday's eight-race programme. ''I'm here to ride as many winners as I can in the meetings left available to me,'' said Oliver who has quickly established himself as the finest young rider in Australia. In England, Irish jockey Declan Murphy, critically injured in a fall during a race at Haydock Park on May 2, was released from hospital yesterday. Murphy, 27, suffered a fractured skull when he was kicked by another horse after jumping a hurdle. He remained unconscious for three days after the incident, but doctors have said the jockey may be able to resume his riding career. ''He is much improved and now requires a period of recuperation,'' said an unidentified spokeswoman at Walton Hospital. Four days after Murphy's injury, British jockey Steve Wood was killed when he was kicked by a horse following a fall during a flat race at Lingfield Park.