Akeed Mofeed wins Hong Kong Cup racing
Jockey Douglas Whyte celebrates onboard 'Akeed Mofeed' after winning the 2,000-metre Longines Hong Kong Cup at the Shatin race track in Hong Kong on December 8, 2013
The Hong Kong horse, one of the favourites to win, was ridden by champion jockey Douglas Whyte.
"He's the real deal...he's stepped up to the game, which he needed to do and he's delivered," Whyte said after his Cup victory.
Japanese horse Tokei Halo finished second with French great Cirrus Des Aigles, the world's top racehorse a year ago, coming in third.
Fellow favourite Military Attack finished fourth.
The HK$22 million ($2.84 million) Cup is the highlight of four Group One turf events at the annual meet and the richest turf race over 2,000 metres, with a first prize worth HK$12.54 million.
Hong Kong won three of the four Group One titles up for grabs.
Hong Kong's Glorious Days, also ridden by Whyte, finished first in the 1,600 metre Mile, followed by Gold-Fun and Packing Whiz, both also representing the city.
"He was really travelling into the race with a lot of purpose and it was a matter of keeping his momentum up and getting Gold-Fun near the line," Whyte said after the event.
Hong Kong's Dominant, ridden by Zac Purton, triumphed in the close-fought 2,400-metre Vase, beating race favourite The Fugue, belonging to British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, which placed second.
"Around 1200m everything inside of me just bunched up and I decided to take the opportunity to go around them," Purton said after the race.
"The winner got first run on me and I had lost momentum," The Fugue's rider William Buick said.
Hong Kong's Red Cadeaux, which won the event last year placed fourth, with Dunaden, who won the event two years ago placed third.
Japan's Lord Kanaloa exploded to first position at about the halfway point of the 1,200 metre Sprint, winning the event convincingly.
The horse is the reigning champion in the event.
"This was the best performance of his career, and I could feel him ready to unleash his run on the home turn," Japanese rider Yasunari Iwata said.
Ireland's Sole Power finished the event almost a full second after the Japanese racehorse in second place.
British horse Jwala fell during the race and was later put down.
The horse's rider, Steve Drowne, suffering minor injuries and was sent to hospital for an examination, the Hong Kong Jockey Club said.
"The British raider Jwala came down in the straight, and had to be humanely euthanised as a result," a Jockey Club statement said.
A crowd of around 68,000 enjoyed hazy sunshine at the southern Chinese city's biggest racing event, held at the mountain-fringed Sha Tin Racecourse, with spectators showing off elegant dresses and headpieces.
Popular Hong Kong singer and actor Aaron Kwok, appearing as ambassador for the Swiss watch brand Longines, which was sponsoring the meet for the second time, watched from the trackside and presented the awards.
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