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Military Attack Earns Possible Dubai Trip With HK Gold Cup Win
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7th at SHTCitibank Hong Kong Gold Cup  [2000m (T)]Winner: Military Attack (Ire), g, 5 by Oratorio (Ire)
Sunday, Sha Tin, Hong Kong
CITIBANK HONG KONG GOLD CUP, HK$8,000,000 ($1,031,460), Sha Tin, 2-24, 3yo/up, 2000mT, 2:03.01, gd.
1--MILITARY ATTACK (IRE), 126, g, 5,  Oratorio (Ire)--Almaaseh (Ire), by Dancing Brave. (€40,000 yrl ‘09 GOFMIL). O-Mr & Mrs Steven Lo Kit Sing; B-P E Banahan; T-John Moore; J-Zac Purton; HK$4,560,000. Lifetime Record: 19-7-3-1, HK$10,271,710. *1/2 to Almaty (Ire) (Dancing Dissident), Hwt. 3yo-Ire at 5-7f, GSW-Eng & Ire, $172,077. **Formerly Rave (Ire).
2--Pure Champion (Ire), 126, h, 6, Footstepsinthesand (GB)--Castara Beach (Ire), by Danehill. (100,000gns wnlg ‘07 TATDEC; 250,000gns yrl ‘08 TATOCT). O-Mr & Mrs Eddie Wong Ming Chak & Kameny Wong Kam Man; B-Dr D Harron; T-Tony Cruz; HK$1,760,000.
3--Xtension (Ire), 126, h, 6, Xaar (GB)--Great Joy (Ire), by Grand Lodge. (€15,000 yrl ‘08 TATIRE). O-Mr & Mrs Steven Lo Kit Sing; B-Paul McCartan; T-John Moore; HK$920,000.
Margins: 2HF, NK, HF. Odds: 8-1, 7-1, 15-1.
Also Ran: Fay Fay (NZ), Irian (Ger), Dan Excel (Ire), Zaidan, Beauty Touch (GB), Same World (GB), California Memory, Liberator (Aus).
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   California Memory (Highest Honor {Fr}) was dispatched the 4-5 chalk, but never picked up his feet, as Military Attack, who has always displayed promise, broke through at the top domestic level under Zac Purton.
   A decent fifth, beaten 4 1/2 lengths by California Memory in the G1 Longines Hong Kong Cup Dec. 9, Military Attack atoned with a smart half-length success in the January Cup at Happy Valley Jan. 9, his first local stakes success. Ninth at longshot odds behind Glorious Days (Aus) (Hussonet) when cut back to a mile for the Stewards’ Cup Jan. 20, he came from well back to split the field in sixth last time behind Pure Champion in the Centenary Vase H. Feb. 2.
   Getting Purton--giving perennial leader Douglas Whyte a real battle for the jockeys’ premiership--for the first time, Military Attack was ridden more positively and was second early before easing back to save ground from about fourth. Purton guided Military Attack off the inside to challenge one off the fence in the stretch, tackled pacesetting Same World (GB) (Hawk Wing) crossing into the final furlong and skipped clear. Pure Champion rallied late to deny connections a 1-2 finish.
   "[Trainer] John [Moore] asked me to get three back the fence if I could--he was quite specific about that instruction," said Purton. "I didn’t expect him to jump as well as he did, I could have nearly led them up early, so I was taking a bit of a tug on him just asking him to come back. Because my horse doesn’t race so handy generally, I was trying not to let him use himself too much, so I was letting Same World go a little bit just to let my horse travel comfortable beneath me and within himself--if I was chasing him I would have been doing too much."
   A trip to Dubai is under consideration for both Moore runners.
   "I’ll look at the [G1] Dubai Duty Free for Military Attack and Zac can ride him, if we’re invited," said Moore. "Xtension’s run today was full of merit. He was not quite at his tops yet today and he could go to Dubai too if invited--Douglas would ride him."
   California Memory was hemmed in at a crucial stage, but was an unlikely winner and emerged with an irregular heartbeat post-race.

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