06/03/2007 11:00PM

Viva Pataca bests Vengeance again


Viva Pataca handed Vengeance of Rain a second successive thrashing in the Group 1, $1 million Hong Kong Champions & Chater Cup at Sha Tin on Sunday to establish himself as Hong Kong's leading racehorse. Viva Pataca was repeating his victory over Vengeance of Rain in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup. Trained by John Moore and ridden by Michael Kinane, the winner covered the 1 1/2 miles in 2:24.60 on good to firm ground as the 3-2 favorite.

* At Tokyo on Sunday, Daiwa Major bounced back from his disappointing third in the Dubai Duty Free to win the Grade 1, $1.74 million Yasuda Kinen, the final leg of the Asian Mile Challenge.