Enigmatic Pakistan Star tipped to recoup punters' losses in Hong Kong Vase

Pakistan Star heads betting for the Hong Kong Vase but will his mind be on the job?
Highland Reel wins the Hong Kong Vase. (Getty Images)
Highland Reel wins the Hong Kong Vase. (Getty Images)

2019 Hong Kong Vase Preview, Prediction & Betting Tips

Date: Sunday December 8, 2019
Time: TBA
Course: Sha Tin
Distance: 2400m
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: HK$18 million

Some of the world's best stayers have taken out the Hong Kong Vase, which has largely been dominated by the Europeans, but Pakistan Star is looking to stave off the overseas raiders in 2019.

2018 Hong Kong Vase result

All eyes were on Pakistan Star but the Hong Kong cult-hero was in the shadows of fellow Hong Kong runner Exultant, which enjoyed a perfect trip in transit and that was the difference in the result.

Arguably the best run of the race came from Japanese entrant Lys Gracieux, which was held up, forced wide and bumped in the straight after looming and looking a winning contender. Jockey Joao Moreira didn't have his best ride but Zac Purton aboard Exultant did.

UK-trained Eziyra finished off well to run third at big odds.
Bill Rosenthal 09 December 2018

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