Viva Pataca prevails in THE CITI HONG KONG GOLD CUP 2009
Race Meeting: 22/02/2009 Sha Tin RACE 7(412) Hong Kong Group One - 2000 Metres THE CITI HONG KONG GOLD CUP HK$ 8000000.00 Going : Good Course : Turf - "A+3" Course 1 VIVA PATACA(G096) D Beadman 2 PACKING WINNER(E334) D Whyte 3 EYSHAL(J099) WC Marwing Moore bags a Gr.1 double of contrasts with Viva Pataca, Dim Sum 22 February 2009 John Moore has enjoyed many major victories during his record-breaking career in Hong Kong, but no doubt Sunday's Gr.1 double will always rank highly. The provenance of the leading trainer's latest feature race brace could not have been more contrasting. First he witnessed Viva Pataca win the Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup for the second successive year as an odds-on favourite. A little over half an hour later, Dim Sum, ridden by new Club Jockey James Winks, shocked Sha Tin with a 50/1 upset in the Chairman's Sprint Prize. Moore's double was redolent of another of his finest hours when Viva Pataca won the 2006 Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby and Billet Express - carrying the same pale blue and yellow colours of Dim Sum's owner David Pong Chun-yee - won this same sprint on the same programme. Viva Pataca's second successive victory in the second leg of the Citi Triple Crown did not come in the same facile fashion of a year earlier even if the still admirable Packing Winner never really looked like defeating last season's Champion Middle Distance horse. Darren Beadman pushed out Viva Pataca to score by a neck and record his sixth career Gr.1 success. "He ...
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