Irish stars Gordon Lord Byron and Sole Power were out of luck in the Longines Hong Kong Sprint, which was won by Aerovelocity.
Gordon Lord Byron fared best of the duo in fourth, even though Wayne Lordan was hard at work a long way from home in Sha Tin's Group One over six furlongs.
Sole Power was given a typically patient ride from Richard Hughes, but he failed to pick up as trainer Eddie Lynam might have expected and was well beaten in ninth place.
The winner, trained by Paul O'Sullivan and ridden by Zac Purton, bounced out of stall seven and made all of the running to keep former Richard Fahey inmate Peniaphobia at bay by a slender margin.
Japanese hope Straight Girl finished third.
Purton said: "He's not the most straightforward ride and a furlong out he wanted to hang into the fence, but I managed to keep him off it.
"When they keep winning like he does you certainly don't want to get off them."
O'Sullivan said: "It's a long time sine we've had one as good as him, but when you do get one it can turn it all around.
"I imagine we'll look to run him in Hong Kong for the foreseeable future."
Hughes said of Sole Power: "He was never going at any stage."
Earlier in the day Flintshire finally enjoyed his big day in the sunshine by winning the Longines Hong Kong Vase.
Runner-up in both the Arc and the Breeders' Cup Turf this autumn, the Andre Fabre-trained four-year-old appeared to have a little less on his plate in this Group One over a mile and a half.
And so it proved as jockey Maxime Guyon engineered a decisive move inside the final half a furlong to easily account for Willie Cazals.
Red Cadeaux, who won this race in 2012, finished in mid-division, while the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Snow Sky was just behind the fellow English raider.
Jim Bolger's Parish Hall was sent on his way at big odds and was never a factor in the hands of Kevin Manning.
Khaya made most of the running and did well to stick on for third place, with Dominant fourth.