Lord Kanaloa (JPN) came three-wide off the far turn, engaged leader Cerise Cherry (SAF) just outside the quarter pole, and sprinted away to win the Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin by an easy two and a half lengths at the wire.. Cerise Cherry briefly led but was no match for the winner in the stretch. Captain Sweet (AUS) rounded out the top three finishers.
Lucky Nine (IRE), winner of the 2011 Hong Kong Sprint, went to post as the 3/1 betting favorite. He finished 3 1/4 lengthsl back of the winner in the fifth position.
Time After Time (AUS), sent to post as the second favorite at odds of almost 4/1, finished last of 12, 8 1/2 lengths back of Lord Kanaloa.
Lord Kanaloa (JPN) is a four-year-old son of King Kamehameha (JPN) out of a Storm Cat mare, Lady Blossom (JPN), trained by Takayuki Yasuda and ridden by Yasunari Iwata.
Below is the video replay, along with the payouts, fractions and internal splits for the Hong Kong Sprint.
All payouts are converted to US$.
|4-Lord Kanaloa (JPN)||$5.23||$2.32|
|9-Cerise Cherry (SAF)||$3.87|
|8-Captain Sweet (AUS)||$12.06|