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LONGINES HK SPRINT - 1,200m HK's Aerovelocity all the way

- PHOTO: HKJC

After missing the last two years to Japan's top sprinter Lord Kanaloa, Hong Kong yesterday regained its foothold in the HK$18.5 million Longines Hong Kong Sprint with AEROVELOCITY.

For good measure, the host also provided the runner-up, the favourite Peniaphobia, in the International Group 1 sprint over 1,200m.

Aerovelocity (No. 9, above), trained by Paul O'Sullivan and ridden by reigning champion Hong Kong jockey Zac Purton, led all the way to win a neck from his fast-closing equine countrymate.

Japan's Straight Girl finished third, three-quarter lengths behind.

Before Lord Kanaloa's back-to-back victories, Hong Kong captured the Hong Kong Sprint nine times in the previous 10 years, including eight in a row from 2002 to 2009.

Purton called it a "really good tough effort to win".

He added: "I didn't necessarily plan to lead but I've led on him previously and he began well, so that's how it unfolded."