Hong Kong stallion Viva Pataca outran New Zealand-bred Vengeance of Rain on the final stretch Sunday to win the 14 million Hong Kong dollar (US$1.8 million; euro1.3 million) Queen Elizabeth II Cup.
The championship was the second victory of the day for Irish jockey Michael Kinane and trainer John Moore won at Sha Tin Racecourse. The pair had earlier won the Champions Mile with New-Zealand-bred Able One.
In the 2,000-meter (2,200-yard) Queen Elizabeth II Cup, Kinane kept Viva Pataca, owned by Macau casino mogul Stanley Ho, in the pack from the start and didn't surged forward to take lead until in the final stretch.
Japanese star Admire Moon finished third.
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