Vision d?Etat Wins 2009 Hong Kong Cup

French galloper Vision d?Etat claimed victory in the richest event at Hong Kong?s International Raceday at Sha Tin last Sunday, the Group 1 HK$20million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup (2400m).

Displaying an impressive turn-of-foot, Vision d?Etat ridden by Oliver Peslier defeated local hero, the John Moore-trained favourite Collection, ridden by Darren Beadman, by three-quarters-of-a-length after securing the lead inside the 200m, with Luca Cumani?s Presvis three-and-a-quarter lengths back in third.

Last year?s winner, Eagle Mountain, failed to retain the title finishing a disappointing fifth behind fourth placegetter Ashalanda from France.

Vision d?Etat now boasts a record of nine wins from 13 starts including a quartet of Group 1 victories and was one of two French horses to claim victory at the meeting with the French filly Daryakana taking out the Hong Kong Vase.

2009 Hong Kong Cup Results:

Placing

Horse

Jockey

1
VISION D?ETAT
O Peslier
2
COLLECTION
D Beadman
3
PRESVIS
K Fallon
4
ASHALANDA
G Mosse
5
EAGLE MOUNTAIN
K Shea
6
STARLISH
A Crastus
7
SPECIAL DAYS
C Williams
8
MR MEDICI
L Dettori
9
EYSHAL
W C Marwing
10
QUEEN SPUMANTE
H Tanaka