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Viva Pataca headlines record breaking day in Hong Kong

December 23rd, 2012

The evergreen Viva Pataca today became the highest money earner in the history of Hong Kong racing when he scored a stunning win in the Audemars Piguet QEII Cup at Sha Tin today. The win was an 18th career victory for the John Moore trained eight-year-old; his 13th win in Hong Kong; his 8th Group 1; his second in this race and took his total prize-money earnings to HK232500 eclipsing the HK410500 mark set by the 2005 APQEII cup winner Vengeance Of Rain. Earlier Moore had also won the Champions Mile with Able One and the performances of Hong Kong's stars was a further bonus on a day which saw turnover climb to HK.085 billion - a significant rise on HK2 million in 2009. It was the 10th time turnover had topped billion this season and today's turnover generated HK4 million in betting duty paid to the Government, with the remaining HK million retained by the Club as operating expenses. "We saw a wonderful day's racing with excellent turnover and again the performances of Viva Pataca and Able One demonstrated that we have racing of a world class standard here in Hong Kong," said HKJC Chief Executive Officer Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges. "I want to congratulate all involved with Viva Pataca on his record and I was also pleased to see Lizard's Desire run so well coming off his Dubai World Cup second on a different surface. It shows that international racing is developing and that major races can be linked to each other in various part of the world ...
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One Response to “Viva Pataca headlines record breaking day in Hong Kong”

  1. GBeret83 says:

    It's really unfortunate that laminitus got the best of Lizard's Desire´╗┐ and forced him into retirement. Between what we saw out of him in Dubai, Hong Kong, and Singapore, I think he was just starting to come into his own as being one of the premier 10f horses racing internationally. I have no doubt he would've only continued to have gotten better with each race with Mike De Kock training him.

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