Loves Only You completed her Breeders’ Cup success with Sunday’s Longines Hong Kong Cup victory.
The five-year-old broke new ground for her host Yoshito Yahagi by becoming Japan’s first trained winner at the American flagship when she landed on the Filly & Mare Turf in Del Mar last month and won another big crown. to Sha Tin.
There was a lot of European interest in the 10 furlong race, with Aidan O’Brien’s Bolshoi Ballet and Jim Bolger’s Mac Swiney featured in early exchanges, but both had returned to cycling straight as the Russian emperor returned. at home.
Another Japanese raider, Hishi Iguazu, then launched her challenge as Yuga Kawada got to work on Loves Only You, with the mare responding in style to overtake her compatriot on the line of what should be her own. final departure.
William Haggas’ trained Dubai Honor finished with a flourish, but fell just below third place for Tom Marquand.
Pyledriver settles for second place as Glory takes Vase
Pyledriver had to settle for second place when Glory Vase swooped in late to land the Longines Hong Kong Vase in Sha Tin.
The Pyledriver trained by William Muir and Chris Grassick was just having its fourth start of the year, with the Coronation Cup winner suffering a setback in July sidelining him until last month when he prepared for this post with a Lingfield Listed win.
He was well-meaning to claim a second Group One win in this heat of 12 furlongs and traveled well for Martin Dwyer as Reliable Team and Stay Foolish kicked off at a gallop.
Dwyer was happy to come back third before closing the gap by turning home and unleashing Pyledriver’s run on the straight.
French runner Ebaiyra tried to go with him, but Pyledriver had his measure, however, Glory Vase, who had run to the back of the pack during the early stages, was just starting to roll and ended up with a bloom in the middle of the track.
He took the lead in the last furlong and Glory Vase came home clear for jockey Joao Moreira and trainer Tomohito Ozeki, adding to his success in the race in 2019.
Ebaiyra remained third with Aidan O’Brien’s Mogul out of frame in his title defense.