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5:40 Sha Tin (HK)

Longines Hong Kong Vase (Group 1)

  • 14 Runners
  • Distance: 1m 4f
  • Surface: Turf
  • HK$2,550,537 added
  • Winner: HK$1,606,832
  • 2nd: HK$510,109
  • 3rd: HK$255,055
  • 4th: HK$178,541
Weighed In
  • Off Time: 05:48:28
  • 14 Ran
1(14)
Silk - Black, silver chevron hoop, black chevron on silver sleeves, silver stripe on black cap
11/8
  • Form 112131
  • Age 5
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 126

2(7)
Silk - Light blue, red spots, light blue sleeves, red armlets, light blue cap
16/1
  • Form 415126
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-0

3(11)
Silk - ROYAL BLUE, white stars, white cap, royal blue star
25/1
  • Form 3-25141
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 116

4(9)
Silk - Yellow, brown chevron hoop, brown stars on on sleeves, yellow star on brown cap
  • Form 264513
  • Age 7
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 116

5(10)
Silk - YELLOW, blue epaulets, blue seams on
25/1
  • Form 711-561
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 115

6(4)
Silk - Blue, white stars, blue sleeves, blue, white diamond cap
  • Form 2-13181
  • Age 5
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 113

7(8)
Silk - Blue, red stripe, blue, red striped sleeves, blue, red striped cap
14/1
  • Form 958322
  • Age 6
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 108

8(3)
Silk - Red and black striped, red sleeves, red cap

Eagle Way (AUS)

21 CDCD
20/1
  • Form 299666
  • Age 7
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 124

9(5)
Silk - Yellow, red hearts, green sleeves, yellow hoop on red cap

Ho Ho Khan (NZ)

21 b CCD
66/1
  • Form 531075
  • Age 5
  • Weight 9-0

10(2)
Silk - Red, silver hoop, white sleeves
6/1
  • Form 466143
  • Age 5
  • Weight 8-10
  • Official Rating 116

11(1)
Silk - Black, red cross sashes , Black and yellow stripes on sleeves, red cap
  • Form 928431
  • Age 4
  • Weight 8-10

12(6)
Silk - Navy blue, gold hoops, white sleeves, navy blue star on white cap
12/1
  • Form 11-1276
  • Age 6
  • Weight 8-10
  • Official Rating 108

13(12)
Silk - Dark Blue
  • Form 112033
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-9
  • Official Rating 104

14(13)
Silk - Royal blue, light blue cross belts, light blue diablo on sleeves, white cap
  • Form 12-4416
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-9
  • Official Rating 109

In depth

Verdict

EXULTANT, formerly Irishcorrespondent when third behind Churchill in the 2017 Irish 2000 Guineas, has progressed into a star performer in Hong Kong, winning this last year and two subsequent Grade 1's. This is his track and trip and he did brilliantly well to concede weight to some very smart performers over a trip short of his best last time. It will take a very high-class performance to beat him and Anthony Van Dyck may not be quite up to the job. The Epsom hero ran a fine race in the Breeders' Cup Turf where he didn't get the run of the race but it will take an even better effort to land the spoils here. The Nassau Stakes winner Deirdre, a close second in the Cup a year ago, is stepping up to this trip for only the second time but has always looked as though it would suit and she was staying on strongly behind Magical in the Irish Champion Stakes and the Champion Stakes. Lucky Lilac returned to her very best to land the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth Cup at Kyoto last month though needs to find more against these but the globe-trotting Prince Of Arran, fresh from another brilliant campaign in Australia, has every chance of another lucrative pot as does True Self, only a head behind him at Geelong in October.

Formwatch

Exultant (IRE) Teofilo gelding out of Contrary.

Aspetar (FR) Al Kazeem gelding out of Bella Qatara.

Southern Legend (AUS) Not A Single Doubt gelding out of Donna's Appeal.

Young Rascal (FR) Intello gelding out of Rock My Soul.

Called To The Bar (IRE) Henrythenavigator gelding out of Perfect Hedge.

Prince Of Arran Shirocco gelding out of Storming Sioux.

Ho Ho Khan (NZ) Makfi H out of China Choice.

Deirdre (JPN) Harbinger M out of Reizend.

Lucky Lilac (JPN) Orfevre filly out of Lilacs And Lace.

True Self (IRE) Oscar M out of Good Thought.

Anthony Van Dyck (IRE) Galileo colt out of Believe'n'succeed.

Mount Everest (IRE) Galileo colt out of Six Perfections.