Hong Kong: Weapon lands Cup trial with explosive kick

Nash Rawiller: guided Secret Weapon to victory in the Jockey Club Cup

PICTURE: AAP Secret Weapon lands Cup trial with explosive kick
By Stuart Riley 7:34AM 20 NOV 2016

Report: Hong Kong, Sunday

Sha Tin: Longines Jockey Club Cup (Group 2) 1m2f, turf, 3yo+

SECRET WEAPON (C Yip/Nash Rawiller) burst clear of his rivals with 200 metres to run to surge to a comfortable victory in this Hong Kong Cup trial.

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Upon straightening up he had plenty left to do and did not pick up immediately, but Rawiller got him rolling and from there six-year-old responded. He separated himself from his pursuers in a matter of strides to run out a length and a half winner.

Flame Hero and Military Attack took second and third.

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Sha Tin: Bochk Wealth Management Jockey Club Mile (Group 2) 1m, turf, 3yo+

FIVE-YEAR-OLD Beauty Only (Tony Cruz/Zac Purton) got the best of a thrilling finish to this Group 2.

With 100 metres to run there were five in a line spread across the track, but Purton, who like Rawiller in the race before, came widest of those in contentionfinally began to assert to win by a short-head from Romantic Touch, with favourite Sun Jewellery a neckfurther backin third.

A short-head was all tht denied Cruz's third string a shock 96-1 success under Mattew Chadwick, but instead it was the former Stefano Botti inmate and Italian Group 3 winner who finally landed his first Group race in Hong Kong since the switch in 2015.

More to follow . . .

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