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Karis Teetan celebrates with Sprint winner Mr Stunning.
The shortest of the International Races at Sha Tin is the HK$20 million (US$2.6 million) Longines Hong Kong Sprint (G1) at 1200 meters, the richest 6 furlong turf sprint in the world, and the final leg of the Global Sprint Challenge. After longshot Pingwu Spark was scratched at the gate for refusing to load, Hot King Prawn was sent off as the 11-10 favorite in the remaining field of 11 pff a 4 race win streak including the Premier Bowl (G2) and the BOCHK Sprint (G2). In to challenge him included 5-2 second choice and last year's winner Mr Stunning off a 2nd place finish in the BOCHK Sprint (G2), and 7-1 third choice Beat the Clock, winner of the Sprint Cup (G2) but 3rd in the Chairman's Sprint Prize (G1) and BOCHK Sprint (G2).
Jockey Joao Moreira sent favorite Hot King Prawn to the lead and he set fractions of 23.76 and 46.19 while pressed by 10-1 Ivictory and stalked by Mr Stunning. At the 3/16 pole Hot King Prawn tired badly allowing Ivictory to briefly inherit the lead before fading. Mr Stunning, confidently handled by Karis Teetan, took over at the 1/8 pole and pulled away late, holding off late-running 11-1 D B Pin by 3/4 length in 1:08.85, completing the same exacta as in last year's running. It was another 1/2 length back to Beat the Clock third, while favorite Hot King Prawn checked in 9th beaten 4 1/2 lengths.
# Horse Jockey Win Place 2 Mr Stunning Teetan 7.20 2.60 3 D B Pin Clipperton 7.10 4 Beat the Clock Moore 3.70 Winning Time: 1:08.85 $1 Quinella 2-3 19.75 $1 Trifecta 2-3-4 169.10Results Chart from HKJC with video replay
Left: Mr Stunning in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Frankie Lor, celebrating his first Group 1 victory said, "I'm very happy. Karis did a great job out there. It took me a long time to get a trainer's licence so I need to try my best to keep going and train more Group 1 winners. I think John (Size, who trained Mr Stunning last year) might also be happy because I worked for him and he was a great boss."
Right: Winning jockey Karis Teetan is interviewed on TV as Mr Stunning heads to the winner's circle. Teetan, celebrating his first Group 1 win said, "He had a lovely trip through the race and I'm just so happy. It's incredible. I've never felt like this. It's the first time I've heard the crowd shouting like this. I just knew when I pressed the button he was going to go. He felt different today, felt so good."
Left: Mr Stunning warms up before the race. Teetan added, "When Ivictory went forward to put some pressure on Hot King Prawn, I was pretty happy about that. My horse never travels too hard in a race but he was really so relaxed underneath me today."
Right: All the connections and officials pose with the trophy and winner's banner after the trophy presentation for the Hong Kong Sprint.
Left: Second place finisher D B Pin warms up before the race. Jockey Sam Clipperton said, "I just needed that luck and unfortunately the luck enabled Karis to get a neck start on me and my horse is held a neck at the line. I had a lovely run and the race was run to suit me other than I was beaten. I am very proud of my horse and he has run an absolute cracker on his only second run up after 11 months off. My horse was gallant – it was a great training performance by John Size to get him there in that order and I must say well done to Karis Teetan."
Right: Third place finisher Beat the Clock in the post parade. Jockey Ryan Moore said, "That was a big run from Beat The Clock – he finished off the race well."
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