Ryan Moore stalked favourite Exultant for much of the way on Aidan O’Brien’s charge, but found little in the straight, where strong-travelling Japanese raider Glory Vase got the perfect split to come with a power-packed run and lead a furlong out.
Powering on from there, the Joao Moreira-ridden four-year-old quickly put distance between himself and the rest of the field.
Fellow Japanese runner Lucky Lilac chased the son of Deep Impact home, with Exultant third and Deirdre – winner of the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood in the summer – fourth under Oisin Murphy.
Joao Moreira timed it to perfection aboard Beat The Clock to claim the Longines Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin.
It looked like everything had gone to plan in the six-furlong affair for red-hot favourite Aethero, who charged to the front under Zac Purton and still led a furlong out.
But his stride began to shorten as the post loomed and he was swamped with 50 yards to run, with the John Size-trained Beat The Clock finishing best of all and Hot King Prawn edging Aethero for second.
It was a second Group One win on the card for Brazilian ace Moreira, as the ‘Magic Man’ also lifted the Vase through Japanese raider Glory Vase.
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