Glory for Japan in Hong Kong Vase

Anthony Van Dyck well beaten at Sha Tin but will be back next year.

  • Sunday 08 December
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Derby hero Anthony Van Dyck was well beaten as Glory Vase ran out an emphatic winner of the Longines Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin.

Ryan Moore stalked favourite Exultant for much of the way on Aidan O’Brien’s charge, but found little in the straight, where strong-travelling Japanese raider Glory Vase got the perfect split to come with a power-packed run and lead a furlong out.

Powering on from there, the Joao Moreira-ridden four-year-old quickly put distance between himself and the rest of the field.

Fellow Japanese runner Lucky Lilac chased the son of Deep Impact home, with Exultant third and Deirdre – winner of the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood in the summer – fourth under Oisin Murphy.

Winning trainer Tomohito Ozeki said: “I’m overwhelmed. Moreira did an amazing job riding the horse.

“The plan was to come here, we’ve been targeting this race because we felt the track would suit him and the owner was happy to come. Winning international races like this, this is my job as a trainer, this is the best.”

Moreira said: “I had horses on top of me at the 800 metres, but good horses, if they face a tough situation, they just go through with it and he wasn’t any different.

“He just kept himself in the gap and just before we turned for home I was kind of trapped and had to ride for luck. I sneaked on the inside and hoped the gap would come. Fortunately it did.

“When I got the gap he just dashed from the 350 (metres) and I knew I was the winner because I had plenty of horse underneath me and he was just attacking the line as a really good horse would.”

True Self was seventh for Willie Mullins, with Young Rascal (William Haggas) in ninth, Prince Of Arran (Charlie Fellowes) 11th, Anthony Van Dyck 12th, Aspetar (Roger Charlton) 13th and Mount Everest (O’Brien) last of the 14 starters.

O’Brien confirmed Anthony Van Dyck will return to action next year as a four-year-old.

He said: “It’s been the end of a long season and he was just feeling the effects of that, I’d say. We’ll put him away now and he’ll be lovely next season.”

He added of Mount Everest: “He’s had a very busy couple of months. He started off later than the others, but has done a lot in the last few months.”

Charlton said of his runner: “He was too keen and used himself too much in the early part of the race.”

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