Glorious Days: unleashed a telling turn of foot on the outside
Lantern and Cloud no match for Glorious Days
Report: Hong Kong, Sunday
Sha Tin: Longines Hong Kong Mile (Group 1) 1m, 3yo+
A FRUSTRATING evening for European-trained runners continued as Glorious Days led home a one-two-three for locally-trained runners in the Mile.
Moonlight Cloud and Sky Lantern appeared to give Europe a realistic chance of victory but it was Irish challenger Gordon Lord Byron who did best of the overseas challenge to finish fourth under William Buick.
Lightning fast conditions appeared to cost Moonlight Cloud her chance in sixth, while Sky Lantern, reported to have taken longer than ideal to recover from her trip to Hong Kong ran accordingly, never threatening for Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes, who eased his mount to come home to finish last of the 14 runners.
Richard Hannon jnr said: "I'm disappointed. She didn't run her race. Biologically she's fine. Richard gave her as easy a time as possible. She definitely stays in training."
Glorious Days, trained by John Size and ridden by leading Hong Kong-based rider Doug Whyte, was settled well down the pack but unleashed a telling turn of foot on the outside to cut back favourite Gold-Fun close home, with Packing Whiz back in third.
"The pace was on so we opted to go back and it was always an even pace," said Whyte. "Credit to John Size to go into a Group 1 first up and to be as confident as he was, you've got to give it to the man."
On Moonlight Cloud, Freddy Head said: "She was always travelling a bit too keen and she didn't quicken. Whether it is lack of races - she's had two months without a race, so she could be fresh - or the ground - it's a bit quick - or the travelling, because that's two times she's lost overseas."