04/27/2009 12:00AM

Presvis upsets in Queen Elizabeth II Cup


Presvis came from last to first to win the $1.8 million Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin on Sunday, gaining a well-deserved first triumph at the Group 1 level.

A gelded 5-year-old son of Sakhee, Presvis sped past the defending champ and favorite, Viva Pataca, at the sixteenth-pole to record a one-length victory as the 2.90-1 second choice, covering the 1 1/4 miles on a yielding surface in 2:02.97 under Ryan Moore.

Trained by Luca Cumani, Presvis was coming off a second-place finish to Gladiatorus in the Dubai Duty Free and has now finished first or second in his last eight starts, dating back to July 17, when he was laboring in the handicap ranks in England. Presvis will now be sent to Kranji for the 1 1/4-mile Singapore Airlines International Cup May 17.

The disappointment of the QEII Cup was Archipenko. The defending title-holder, he faded late to finish 2 1/4 lengths behind in sixth place.

In the $1.5 million Champions Mile, the 64-1 Sight Winner outdueled Egyptian Ra by a short head with Dao Dao another head a way in third with the favored Good Ba Ba fourth, just three quarters of a length behind the winner. A gelded son of Faltaat, the winning John Size-trained New Zealand-bred was timed in 1:34.97 as just 3 1/2 lengths separated first from last in the 11-runner field.