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27 Sep 2018
Issue Number: Issue 648
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Buick and Pakistan Star


GODOLPHIN jockey William Buick celebrated one of his biggest overseas career wins when Pakistan Star was on his best behaviour to plunder the 2000m Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin recently. Buick, whose original mission was to ride Blue Point for his main employer in the big sprint on the card, discovered when his plane landed at Chep Lap Kok airport that he had additionally been booked for Tony Cruz’s mercurial performer, who could now have Royal Ascot on his agenda.

The ride became available because Pakistan Star’s intended rider Kerrin McEvoy was signed off with an ear problem and Silvestre de Sousa, the original choice as jockey, was required by Prince Faisal, by whom he is retained, at Leicester on Saturday. Buick had discussed at length the idiosyncrasies in Pakistan Star’s make up that had caused him to pull himself up and show reluctance to race on occasions. He explained: “Tony went through his previous races with me. He’s infamous for his antics and what he can decide to do, but to be honest he never gave me any indication of that. “It’s very unfortunate for Kerrin and lucky for me and I felt it was important to ride him with a fresh mind.

He felt beautiful, just like a world class 1m2f horse, and in fairness he was competing against several multiple Group One winners. Tony said he’s not a horse you can bully and to treat him with kid gloves.” Cruz was so pleased with the way Pakistan Star picked up to take a narrowing gap between rivals when making his run that he will consider a shot at the Prince of Wales’s Stakes or Queen Anne Stakes in June. He said: “He should have won it last year when there was no pace and today showed his true ability. “There’s only one race left for him here which is the Champions & Chater Cup, so I will speak to the owner and maybe take him to Royal Ascot.”

On the same card, Hong Kong hailed a new champion when Ivictory successfully made the jump from Class Two to Group One with a dazzling display of all round pace in the 1200m Chairman’s Sprint Prize. The Zac Purton-ridden 4yo came out best from a five horse team saddled by John Size as he tracked Peniaphobia and Blue Point into the straight before swooping to conquer 600m out. The gelding galloped on strongly to hold Mr Stunning and Beat The Clock to make it a 1-2-3 for Size. Size enthused: “It’s both a thrill and a relief to see the first three favourites fill the first three places. “He gave us all the signs this season and his win rate is very good.

Normally he would have had another race before trying a Group One, but I thought he might well be up to it. He was able to get the run of the race and then to stave them off.” Beauty Generation then continued to rescue a relatively low key season for perennial Hong Kong Champion Trainer John Moore by landing his third Group One of the campaign, leading for much of the way, after a tardy start, under Purton to beat old rival Western Express by a cosy length. The result was a repeat of December’s Hong Kong Mile, following which Beauty Generation landed the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup.

Moore, who was extending his record as the most successful trainer in the race with a seventh win, said: “If he can get his own way in front, he’s a real grinder at this level. He’s not like Able Friend, one of my other winners, who came flying down the outside, but he’s definitely the iron horse of Hong Kong racing.” Completing a big race double, Purton, who was winning the race for the first time, added: “It wasn’t the ideal start because he didn’t break as quickly as he can, but he soon took control of the race. He lengthens and then gallops, so you don’t want to have to sprint from the 200m mark.”

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