Star From Pakistan Captured Queen Elizabeth II Cup
Star From Pakistan Captured Queen Elizabeth II Cup: “Pakistan’s Star” name of the horse, ride by Jockey William Buick of Norway won the Queen Elizabeth II Cup horse race on Champions Day in Hong Kong.
The Star horse from Pakistan, known for being unpredictable, stormed to victory by a large margin in the final strides and finished the 2,000-metre course in just over two minutes.
On Sunday, Pakistan Star took the Queen Elizabeth II Cup for jockey William Buick while the highlight of three Group One spring races with a total purse of HK$58 million ($7.4 million). The prize money for the QEII Cup had been boosted up from last year´s HK$20 million to HK$24 million.
Italian jockey Alberto Sanna finished second on Gold Mount, while Australian Hong Kong-based jockey Brett Prebble rode Eagle Way stood 3rd to finish the race.
Qualities of Pakistan’s Star
Jockey Buick said after the race “He´s quite a famous horse for his antics so I was aware of him and I was aware of what he can do”.
“When I found out that I was riding him, I took on board all of the information I knew about the horse and also thought it was quite important to ride him with a fresh mind and just be very positive about the horse,” the winning jockey said.
About Queen Elizabeth II Cup
From an early age, Queen Elizabeth II has had a keen interest in horses. Into her reign this has developed into one of her main leisure time activities, with a particular emphasis on the breeding of thoroughbreds for horse racing.
The Queen Elizabeth II Cup is a Group One Thoroughbred horse race at Sha Tin Racecourse in the New Territories, Hong Kong. It is sponsored by the Swiss haute horlogerie brand” Audemars Piguet” (brand of luxury mechanical watches) for around 17 years now.
The Audemars Piguet QEII Cup is the jewel among Hong Kong’s three spring features. The race was first run on the Happy Valley sand track over 1575m in 1975 and had many different guises and forms until it was opened up to international competition as a 2200m turf contest at Sha Tin in 1995. In 1997 it switched to the 2000m distance familiar today.
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