12/14/2014 12:20PM

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.