The John Moore steamroller continues to crush the opposition in the features big and small and Dashing Fellow look the one to keep the trainer in the winner's photo after the Griffin Trophy (1,400m) at Sha Tin today.

Last year's Griffin Trophy featured a couple of smart ones in Luger and Domineer and the 2014 edition might not quite live up to that but it is populated by quite a few lightly raced horses with more in their futures.

Dashing Fellow (Brett Prebble) has yet to win in four starts but has been placed each time, including a second to highly promising Packing Pins and another last start to one of his major rivals today, Sky Hero (Douglas Whyte).

The Moore-trained three-year-old was favourite over Sky Hero going into that race but a wide draw and solid pace saw him drift back towards the tail of the field in running despite beginning well.

While Sky Hero was slowly away, Whyte was able to find a good passage through closer to the rail from gate two and, when the serious work began in the straight, he launched a couple of lengths to the good of Dashing Fellow.

Sky Hero dashed strongly and well clear before holding Dashing Fellow's strong late bid and was a worthy winner, in the circumstances, but the circumstances change today.

This time Sky Hero has a middle draw, while Dashing Fellow draws low and without any real speed around him and he has already shown enough speed to make use of that gate.

That isn't to say he would want to lead - although he did that when he ran second to Packing Pins over 1,200m - but the draw ensures Prebble can choose depending on the speed.

If Line Seeker (Zac Purton) crosses and looks to the control the speed as he did in his last win, Prebble can camp close behind but if there is an unexpected battle for the front, Dashing Fellow can track up behind it wherever he is comfortable.

Throw in a four-pound weight turnaround his way and Dashing Fellow is a deserving favourite over Sky Hero, but the race doesn't end there.

Line Seeker was certainly flattered by being able to cross in a very slow early sectional in his second-up win, but he ripped home in 21.65s for that last 400m and beat Sky Hero almost three lengths into second place.

Sky Hero was 100-1 that day, little was expected and Whyte commented after his second start win how much the horse had improved after his debut run and it might not be the right guide but the facts are still there to see.