Australian jockey Tommy Berry crowned his first Hong Kong meeting with a G1 victory on Military Attack in the Queen Elizabeth 11 Cup (2000m) on Sunday.
Irish bred Military Attack gave Berry his sixth win at the elite level this season which includes the Golden Slipper and Doncaster Mile in Sydney. “It doesn’t get much better than this,” he said. “I just got my horse into a nice rhythm. I probably had to come out a little bit earlier than I wanted to but he has got a really long sustained run.”
Trainer John Moore was winning the race for the third time after Viva Pataca in 2007 and 2010.
Military Attack (5g Oratorio – Almaaseh by Dancing Brave) went into the QE11 on the back of victories in the G1 Hong Kong Gold Cup and G3 Premier Plate. Moore indicated the G1 Singapore Cup is his next assignment.
“It was a great ride by Tom,” Moore said. “He got him in the right position and he had to kick a little early but he showed a lot of fight. I can’t be happier with this horse’s progress – he’s won his first Group 1 and now we’re off to Singapore!”
The hard-luck story of the race was Horse of the Year Ambitious Dragon (NZ) who was baulked and badly impeded at the furlong by California Memory. It cost him any chance of a second QEII Cup.
Military Attack (Ire) was a 40,000 euros yearling buy at Goffs in September 2009 and had won races at Ascot (2) and Newmarket for original owner Gary Woodward. He was registered under the name ‘Rave’ before transferring to the Far East.
Coolmore sold his sire Oratorio (Ire) to South Africa last year. He’s a half-brother to G3 Curragh Stakes winner Almaty (Dancing Dissident) and the dam of international stayer Red Cadeaux (Cadeaux Genereux).