Red Cadeaux (GB) used a late move to get by long shot Jaguar Mail (JPN) to win the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin Racecourse. French raider Meandre (FR) rounded out the top three while Liberator (AUS) finished fourth. Race favorite Dunaden (FR) ran well but didn't threaten the winner at the wire and had to settle for fifth.
The pace of the Vase, run at 12 furlongs on the turf course, was quite middling in the early going with Dancing Rain (IRE) running the first half mile and three-quarters in 50.19 and 1:16.78, but the run to the finish line was anything but a crawl. The pacesetter threw in the towel after around 10f, allowing the top pair to bring home the final quarter mile went in a brisk 22.64. The final four furlongs came in at a solid 47.26 seconds.
Secretariat winner Bayrir (FR) finished sixth, while Joshua Tree (IRE) could only muster a ninth place effort.
Red Cadeaux is a six-year-old son of Cadeaux Genereaux (GB) out of a Peintre Celebre mare (Artisia (IRE)), trained by Ed Dunlop and ridden by Gerard Mosse.
Below is the video replay, along with the payouts, fractions and internal splits for the Hong Kong Vase.
All payouts are converted to US$.
|6-Red Cadeaux (GB)
|8-Jaguar Mail (JPN)