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Japanese raider Lord Kanaloa slaughters speedsters in Hong Kong

Updated: Monday, 09 Dec 2013 16:17 | Comments

Lord Kanaloa made an indelible on the huge crowd that turned out at Sha Tin
Lord Kanaloa made an indelible on the huge crowd that turned out at Sha Tin

Japanese sprinter Lord Kanaloa put up a sensational performance to claim the Longines Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin on Sunday.

Yasunari Iwata's mount had the perfect position throughout and showed an electric turn of foot to rocket clear at the furlong and a half pole.

The Edward Lynam-trained Sole Power gave gallant chase from an unpromising spot to take a fine second under Johnny Murtagh, but nothing ever looked likely to get close to the winner, who was recording his 13th success on his 19th and final start.

Frederick Engels was third.

There was a horrible incident close home, with Steve Drowne's mount Jwala appearing to be squeezed between horses and crashing to the ground.

Drowne was thrown to the turf and received medical attention, being taken off the track on a stretcher. He was seen with his knees bent up and with his head in a brace, but was conscious.

Lynam said of Sole Power: "I am very proud of him. Johnny said he didn't handle the track, so to run on past those local horses and finish second, it was thrilling.

"My other horse (Slade Power) was wide and couldn't get any cover."

Lucky Nine, the second favourite, lost all chance at the start. His jockey Brett Prebble said: "I couldn't believe it, he threw it away at the start. I was travelling well in the race, but basically it was game over."

Lord Kanaloa (4-5F) was repeating his victory from last year, and now heads to retirement and stallion duties.

Winning jockey Iwata said: "When I arrived here his condition was good and his turf gallop went to plan. It is a wonderful time for us, but I am sad it is his last race."

Delighted trainer Takayuki Yasuda said: "It is a great day for us, to show how good this horse is in front of so many fans.

"He will make a great stallion, and we can look forward to his offspring running here in the future."

Murtagh was equally thrilled with the performance of Sole Power, and paid full tribute to the winner.

He said: "That was a huge run. He's used to running on straight tracks at home and he's not the best turning horse in the world and he didn't come around the bend well here, but it was still a great run.

"The winner is something special."

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