12/14/2014 1:20PM

Flintshire scores in Hong Kong Vase

Hong Kong Jockey Club photo
Flintshire and jockey Maxime Guyon win the Hong Kong Vase by a half-length Sunday.

Flintshire, second in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 1, won Sunday’s $2,138,690 Hong Kong Vase, the only horse not based in Hong Kong to win one of four seven-figure international Group 1 races at Sha Tin.

Flintshire (11-10) won the Hong Kong Vase over 1 1/2 miles on turf by a half-length over the locally based Willie Cazals. Ridden by Maxime Guyon for trainer Andre Fabre of France, Flintshire rallied from the middle of the field of 11 to take the lead in the final sixteenth.

Khaya, another Hong Kong-based runner, finished third.

Flintshire, a 4-year-old colt by Dansili who races for Juddmonte Farms, ran on three continents in as many races this fall, a sequence that began with a second in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in Paris in October.

Flintshire is scheduled to remain in training in 2015.

In other races, Able Friend won the $2,981,205 Hong Kong Mile as a 3-10 favorite. Designs on Rome won the $3,240,440 Hong Kong Cup over 1 1/4 miles on turf, and Aerovelocity won the $2,397,926 Hong Kong Sprint over six furlongs.

Able Friend, the winner of three one-mile stakes in Hong Kong earlier this year, won the Hong Kong Mile by an easy 4 1/2 lengths over Gold Fun, a Hong Kong-based runner. Ridden by Joao Moreira, Able Friend overcame a sluggish start to take the lead in the final furlong.

Trade Storm, third in the BC Mile at Santa Anita and the winner of the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile in September, finished seventh of 10.

Designs on Rome continued his outstanding season in Hong Kong in the Cup, the day’s richest race. Ridden by Moreira, Designs on Rome (19-20) rallied from the back of a field of 12 in the final furlong to catch stretch leader Military Attack and win the race over 1 1/4 miles by a short head.

Designs on Rome won the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup in Hong Kong in April.

Cirrus des Aigles, the winner of three Group 1 races in England and France this year, finished fourth.

Aerovelocity (5-2) and Peniaphobia (9-5), sprinters based in Hong Kong, were first and second in the Hong Kong Sprint, with a neck between them at the wire. Zac Purton rode Aerovelocity, a 6-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding.

Larry More than 1 year ago
Can't understand why there is no video for a foriegn race this magnitude.
Matthew Hood More than 1 year ago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2MJlRMwz2k Google is your friend.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
This raises the stock on Main Sequence...
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
No it doesn't. Flintshire can run on any course. Main Sequence can only run and win on the US tracks. Is it a coincidence that the horse has only won Group races in the US?.. Let's see Main Sequence even hit the board in the Arc, or win in Hong Kong. There is a reason Flaxman Holdings have him state side, and not taking on the top horses in Europe or Asia.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
After his 3 year old year he got pumbled by 10 lengths to Ektihaam, and 13 lengths to Brown Panther. No way this horse runs with the best middle distance horses outside of the USA in 2014. Nor could he run outside the USA in 2015 and beat any top horse.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Oh wait he won the Derby trial lingfield vs no one.
tommy More than 1 year ago
Main sequence is an amazing horse!!! If I'm the owner I will raise him even when he's 10 years old so he can become the richest horse in history and rank number 1 on the all time hall of fame list!! Of course we also have wise dan who is slightly better and they can battle it out for richest horse and all time hall of fame above secretariat, affirmed, war admiral,a fleet , smarty jones, cigar, California chrome !!!
kpaxcmdr . More than 1 year ago
How about these horses... Topping the list: T.M. Opera O, with $16.2 million in career winnings. Born in 1996, the Japanese thoroughbred won 12 major races in his native country between 1999 and 2001, and was inducted into the Japanese Racing Association Hall of Fame in 2004. At No. 2 is Deep Impact, also from Japan, with $12.8 million in winnings. In October 2005, Deep Impact won the Japanese Triple Crown, the first horse to do so in 11 years. Australia’s Makybe Diva, the only mare on our list, came in at No. 3, with $10.7 million. Makybe was the first to win the Melbourne Cup three times, in 2003, 2004 and 2005 (four other horses have won it twice).
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
P.Z., I was thinking only in terms of the Eclipse votes. Main Sequence ran FTL in The UN, which may tell you why they moved him to the US. He ran some ten lengths slower than Big Blue Kitten did in 2013. The UN is a shadow of its' former self when it was run at ACRC. But while Flintshires' win will gain votes for Main Sequence, I'm still pulling for our Wise Dan.