Aerovelocity wins second Sprint

Aerovelocity won his second Longines Hong Kong Sprint as Richard Fahey's Growl finished way down the field.

Zac Purton riding Aerovelocity (L) defeats Brett Prebble riding Lucky Bubbles

Last year's winner Peniaphobia, who was trained in Britain by Fahey in his juvenile days, tried to make all with 2014 race hero Aerovelocity settled just in behind by Zac Purton.

Peniaphobia was still in front with a furlong to run, but Aerovelocity was motoring down the outside for Purton and while local favourite Lucky Bubbles tried to challenge in the final strides, he could not catch the winner.

Graham Lee had to race wide aboard Growl and he never looked like taking a hand in the finish.

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Winning trainer Paul O'Sullivan said: "We expected him to be competitive while at the same moment thinking time might have caught up with him. It has taken him a lot longer to come to hand this year.

"We have had a few problems along the way, he had a heart irregularity and when he travelled to Japan, he got colic.

"He certainly is the bravest horse I have ever put a saddle on."

Purton added: "Paul has really pulled one out of his bag of tricks today because this horse is a little bit older.

"I got into the straight and I felt confident, it was just in the final 100 metres that he tried to go in towards the fence as he came under maximum pressure.

"I heard Lucky Bubbles coming but the post came in time."

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