Mogul wins Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin

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Mogul and Ryan Moore give Aidan O'Brien a third Hong Kong Vase win. Credit: Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Mogul continued Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore’s successful connection with the Longines Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin on Sunday.

The son of Galileo claimed an impressive victory in the HK$20 million race over 2400m.

It was a third success in the race for the Ballydoyle handler who previously won with Highland Reel in both 2015 and 2017.

In a race where he always looked comfortable, Mogul defeated Hong Kong champion and five-time Group 1 winner Exultant with another local runner, Columbus County, in third.

Reaction to Mogul’s win

“He’s a horse that we always expected a lot from,” winning jockey Ryan Moore said.

“He was a good two-year-old, he won his Group 2 Champions Juvenile Stakes at Leopardstown. I don’t know, maybe just the way the season unfolded, he took a while to really pull himself together,” Moore added.

Owned by the Coolmore partners

Owned by Coolmore, Mogul is set to stay in training and will be primed for an international campaign as a four-year-old.

Representing Aidan O’Brien at Sha Tin, Ballydoyle’s John Manton praised Mogul’s display.

“He was brilliant there today and he travelled well,” he said. “All week, he’s been doing everything we’ve asked him to do and today worked out just perfectly. He picked up well and ran well out to the line. He was very good.”

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