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Vanquished Aims At HK QEII Cup

Thursday, 6th April 2006

In southeast Asia, Australia's Gr2-winning 6YO gelding Vanquished (Hector Protector-Exuberance, by Last Tycoon) is among "the world's leading middle-distance horses poised to ship to Sha Tin for a showdown with HK's finest in the HK$14 million (A$2.3m) Gr1 Audemars Piguet QEII Cup (2000m) on April 24," reported the HK Jockey Club. The high-profile entries include "7 individual Gr1 winners in a cracking line-up of horses trained on 4 continents". HKJC executive director of racing Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges enthused: "We are especially pleased to have the winners of 3 international races in HK doing battle for this very prestigious race & while local horses will attempt a 3rd consecutive win, they will have to produce career-best performances given the strength of the overseas opposition." The entries include: Ouija Board; Viva Pataca; Alexander Goldrun; Irridescence; Bullish Luck; Falstaff; Norse Dancer; Laverock; Super Kid; & Russian Pearl. Vanquished (a $22,000 yearling at the 2001 Inglis Classic sale in Sydney) is trained by Bede Murray & boasts 9 wins (including the 2004 Gr2 Prime Minister's Cup over 2400m, 2004 Listed Wagga Wagga Cup over 2000m & 2006 Listed Tattersall's Club Cup over 2000m) & 10 placings in 29 starts for $448,200 earnings. Vanquished rounds off his preparation this Saturday in the Gr1 BMW Stakes in Sydney before jetting out to HK next Tuesday.

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