Helene Paragon gets his revenge to land Sha Tin showpiece
Hong Kong Mile runner-up Helene Paragon landed a belated first Group 1 when pouncing under Tommy Berry to win the Stewards' Cup, the feature race on Sha Tin's Chinese New Year card.
The race was an especially memorable one for trainer John Moore, who with Joyful Trinity in second and Able Friend third landed a remarkable one-two-three.
Beauty Flame and Contentment shared the running until the field turned into the straight, but the former soon weakened and, while Contentment kept on, he was passed by Helene Paragon over 100 yards out and swamped in the shadow of the post, finishing fourth.
Helene Paragon had been sent off favourite after Able Friend and Beauty Only, who beat him in the Mile, had been handed the widest two stalls.
Beauty Only finished well down the outside to claim fifth without ever really threatening, while Able Friend could be called an unlucky loser, getting no breaks until a furlong out and finishing full of running.
Helene Paragon, drawn three, enjoyed a clear run throughout and looked the likeliest winner some way out.