Daryakana Wins Hong Kong Vase

Last Sunday the emerging French filly Daryakana claimed a brilliant last-to-first victory in the prestigious HK$14million Group 1 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin Racecouse, in the three-year-olds? Group 1 debut.

In a thrillingly close finish to the 2400m international staying event, Daryakana made a late, wide run to push past and defeat the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Spanish Moon by a mere half-head with another French contender, Kasbah Bliss, a further nose back in third. Jaguar Mail, last year?s third placegetter could only manage fourth this year.

Trained by Alain du Royer-Dupre, Daryakana is now unbeaten in her five career starts, including her previous win in the Group 2 Prix de Royallieu at Longchamp. The victory was the third successive win by a French-trained runner.

2009 Hong Kong Vase Results:

Placing

Horse

Jockey

1
DARYAKANA
G Mosse
2
SPANISH MOON
R Moore
3
KASBAH BLISS
T Thulliez
4
JAGUAR MAIL
C Soumillon
5
CIRRUS DES AIGLES
F Blondel
6
VIVA PATACA
D Beadman
7
THUMBS UP
B Prebble
8
JAMESINA
J Lloyd
9
BUCCELLATI
W Buick
10
YOUMZAIN
K Fallon
11
PACKING WINNER
B Doyle
12
JACKPOT DELIGHT
J Winks
13
BLACK MAMBA
O Deleuze