Beat The Clock foils Aethero at Sha Tin

Hot favourite only third in Hong Kong Sprint.

  • Sunday 08 December
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Joao Moreira timed it to perfection aboard Beat The Clock to claim the Longines Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin.

It looked like everything had gone to plan in the six-furlong affair for red-hot favourite Aethero, who charged to the front under Zac Purton and still led a furlong out.

But his stride began to shorten as the post loomed and he was swamped with 50 yards to run, with the John Size-trained Beat The Clock finishing best of all and Hot King Prawn edging Aethero for second.

It was a second Group One win on the card for Brazilian ace Moreira, as the ‘Magic Man’ also lifted the Vase through Japanese raider Glory Vase.

Size said: “His strength is his character, with a tremendous will to win and fighting spirit. He saves his energy for raceday and gives you everything he’s got.

“It’s really humbling to see him do that. There are some Group Ones here in Hong Kong and the next one at the end of January will be on his agenda.”

Moreira added: “He wasn’t fast enough from the gate, but turning for home I felt I had plenty in my hands and that the way he was coming he was going to win.

“I’ve been associated with this horse for a long time and am proud he’s proved he’s the best sprinter today.”