Zaidan (4 g Street Cry – Element Of Truth, by Atticus) hung on from the fast-finishing Sweet Orange (War Front) to land Sunday’s HKGr 1 Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m) at Sha Tin for trainer John Moore, who also saddled the third home, Dominant (Cacique).
Olivier Doleuze held Zaidan off the pace through the early stages after pulling out for a clear run turning in, drove the four-year-old to what appeared to be a commanding lead with 300m remaining.
With the line fast approaching Sweet Orange, winner of last month‚Äôs HK G1 Mercedes-Benz HK Classic Mile flashed home down the centre of the track to get to within a nose at the line with Dominant finishing third.
‚ÄúZaidan‚Äôs a different horse since we gelded him,‚Äù commented Moore. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs more genuine and today we got a good run in behind with very little incident along the way.”
“He kicked hard and the only thing the jockey said was that when he hit the front, he pricked his ears and half wanted to pull up, so Olivier will have to be careful of that when he rides him in the Derby, which I think he will do.‚Äù
‚ÄúJohn said to put a few horses in front of him,‚Äù the French jockey said, ‚Äúso I had him between 5th and 7th. He travelled nicely through the race and when I saw the horse in front was stopping, I pulled him out and asked him and he gave me very good acceleration. It was a good win.‚Äù