Godolphin's Sajjhaa could finish only fourth as Military Attack landed the QEII Cup at Sha Tin in Hong Kong.
Winner of the Dubai Duty Free on her most recent start, Sajjhaa was slowly away in the hands of Silvestre De Sousa, giving her rivals a length or two from the off.
De Sousa did not panic though and had worked his way back into contention by the time they turned for home in the 10-furlong heat, although he had to challenge right down the middle of the track.
Sajjhaa tried to follow Military Attack as he began to motor in the final furlong but she could not pick up in the same kind of style.
California Memory battled all the way but had to settle for second, with the fast-finishing Eishin Flash denying Sajjhaa third place by a nose.