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A 'Berry' Good QE II for Military Attack
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8th at SHTG1 AP QE II Cup ($1800k)  [2000m (T)]Winner: Military Attack (Ire), g, 5 by Oratorio (Ire)
   It's been a whirlwind month of April for 22-year-old jockey Tommy Berry, one of the top riders for Gai Waterhouse in Australia, for whom he rode Overreach (Aus) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) to win the G1 Golden Slipper S. before adding a victory in the G1 Doncaster Mile H. for trainer Chris Waller. Berry recently accepted a 3-month contract to ride the Australian winter in Hong Kong, and boarded a plane--his first passport in hand--after riding Saturday's Sydney Cup card at Randwick. He jumped off early Sunday morning and was to tour Sha Tin a handful of hours before partnering with Military Attack (Ire) (Oratorio {Ire}) for trainer John Moore in Sunday's G1 Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup.
   Expected to be one of the pacemakers in a race that looked void of any serious speed on paper, Berry got Military Attack in about fifth position, as Hong Kong Derby hero Akeed Mofeed (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) and Ashkiyr (Fr) (Rock of Gibraltar {Ire}) showed the most early interest. Igugu (Aus) (Galileo {Ire}) fired up and rolled to the front outside of horses on the backstretch, and Anthony Delpech, winner of this race in 2011 aboard Vengeance of Rain (NZ) (Zabeel {NZ}), backed down the speed on the turn. Akeed Mofeed got through inside at the head of the stretch and looked on his way to taking this next, but his rivals were chomping at the bit and peeled out wide outside of him, with several winning chances in the final 400 meters.
Berry had guided Military Attack out into the four path and had clear sailing, as did California Memory (Highest Honor {Fr}), who launched his bid outside of Igugu. Akeed Mofeed began to weaken, and Military Attack was produced by Berry about five off the inside and rattled away to score impressively. California Memory lasted for second from Japan's Eishin Flash (Jpn) (King's Best), who finished well from last. Sajjhaa (GB) (King's Best), the G1 Dubai Duty Free winner, missed the break and traveled wide throughout and did exceptionally well to be fourth, while the race's hard-luck runner was Ambitious Dragon (NZ) (Pins {Aus}). Steadied in upper stretch, he was hampered badly by California Memory a bit further down the road and lost all chance. An inquiry was launched but the result was allowed to stand.
   "Wow, I just need to pinch myself to understand what’s just transpired," said Moore, who won this with Viva Pataca (GB) (Marju {Ire}) in 2007 and again in 2010. "I think it was thanks to Zac [Purton[ that we found out that we could vary the tactics on him and that made a big difference--instead of riding him out the back and have him closing off in these exceptional times. Tactically, we’ve got a very smart horse on our hands.
   It was the third big-race win in succession and first international Group 1 win for Military Attack, who took the Hong Kong Gold Cup over the course and distance Feb. 24 and the 1800-meter Premier Plate H. under top weight of 133 pounds Mar. 24. He is likely to make his next start in the G1 Singapore Airlines International Cup at Kranji May 19.

Sunday, Sha Tin, Hong Kong
AUDEMARS PIGUET QUEEN ELIZABETH II CUP-G1, HK$14,000,000 (US$1,803,113), Sha Tin, 4-28, 3yo/up, 2000mT, 2:02.15, gd.
1--sMILITARY ATTACK (IRE), 126, g, 5, by Oratorio (Ire)
1st Dam: Almaaseh (Ire), by Dancing Brave
2nd Dam: Al Bahathri, by Blushing Groom (Fr)
3rd Dam: Chain Store, by Nodouble
(€40,000 yrl ‘09 GOFMIL). O-Mr & Mrs Steven Lo Kit Sing; B-P E Banahan; T-John Moore; J-Tommy Berry; HK$7,980,000. Lifetime Record: 21-9-3-1, HK$19,619,710. *1/2 to Almaty (Ire) (Dancing Dissident), Hwt. 3yo-Ire at 5-7f, GSW-Eng & Ire, $172,077. **Formerly Rave (Ire). Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2--California Memory, 126, g, 7, Highest Honor (Fr)--Kalpita, by Spinning World. ($65,000 yrl ‘07 KEESEP). O-Howard Liang Yum Shing; B-Fred Seitz (KY); T-Tony Cruz. HK$3,080,000.
3--Eishin Flash (Jpn), 126, h, 6, King’s Best--Moonlady (Ger), by Platini (Ger). O-Katsuhiko Hirai; B-Shadai Farm; T-Hiroyuki Fujiwara. HK$1,400,000.
Margins: 1 3/4, NO, NK. Odds: 10-1, 13-1, 5-1.
Also Ran: Sajjhaa (GB), Akeed Mofeed (GB), Ambitious Dragon (NZ), Thumbs Up (NZ), Igugu (Aus), Irian (Ger), Wrath of Fire (NZ), Treasure Beach (GB), Zaidan, Ashkiyr (Fr), Crackerjack (Fr).
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