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.

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.

Also on Sunday

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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