Japanese Raider Neorealism Wins Queen Elizabeth II Cup
Tara Madgwick - Monday, 1 May 2017
The strength of the Japanese thoroughbreds was again demonstrated in Hong Kong on Sunday when the Group 1 Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin was win by Neorealism, who repelled Pakistan Star's late rally to ensure a fourth Japanese victory in the HK$20 million feature.

Neorealism - Grant CourtneyThe Noriyuki Hori-trained Neorealism was expected to lead the eight-runner field, but after missing the kick Joao Moreira slotted in towards the back of the pack with Australian entry The United States finding himself the reluctant pace-setter under Brett Prebble.

At the business end of the race Neorealism held a long neck verdict over Pakistan Star with the favourite Werther a close up third.

"He didn't really jump as well as we expected," Moreira said.

"We thought he was going to be able to lead but as he jumped a little bit slowly I had to give him a chance to get cover behind horses. The pace slowed so much on the back straight so I had to pop out and get going. He got going but he wasn't at his top speed, so I was always confident that once we turned for home he was going to finish off strongly, which he did. It actually worked out pretty good because I was able to get him relaxed initially."

A top class galloper with eight wins from 19 starts, Neorealism is a three-quarter brother to Arrowfield Stud's dual Group I winning shuttler Real Impact (Jpn), who covered 134 mares in his first Australian season last year.

"In December he had had a tough programme and it was difficult for him to keep his condition," Hori said. "But he learned a lot from that and that helped him on this second visit to Hong Kong and he was able to improve on that.

"We talked about race tactics and possible patterns before the race but Joao gave him the best ride. Joao rode him in morning track work so he got to know a bit about the horse and that was good for him."

The 2015 JRA champion trainer will look at all options for the Neo Universe entire.

"There are some options," Hori said, "not only domestically but also international races, so we will check the horse when he gets back to Japan and then we will see where we go with him."

Race 8 - The Audemars Piguet Qeii Cup
Group 1 - 2000m

Class: Open. Track: Good. Time: 2:04.59. Sectional Time: 0:22.41 at 400m.
Prizemoney: $20,000,000 - 1st: $11,400,000 2nd: $4,400,000 3rd: $2,000,000.
 1   Neorealism (JPN) T: Noriyuki Hori J: J Moreira
6h   Neo Universe (JPN) x Tokio Reality (USA) (Meadowlake (USA) )
Not Offered
 2 0.3 Pakistan Star (GER) T: A S Cruz J: S De Sousa

4g   Shamardal (USA) x Nina Celebre (IRE) (Peintre Celebre (USA) )
Not Offered
 3 0.4 Werther (NZ) T: J Moore J: J Bowman
5g   Tavistock (NZ) x Bagalollies (Zabeel (NZ) )
Not Offered
 4 1.3 Blazing Speed (GB) T: A S Cruz J: N Callan
8g   Dylan Thomas (IRE) x Leukippids (IRE) (Sadler's Wells (USA) )
 5 3.5 The United States (IRE) T: Robert Hickmott J: B Prebble
7h   Galileo (IRE) x Beauty Is Truth (IRE) (Pivotal (GB) )
 6 3.6 Secret Weapon (GB) T: C H Yip J: Z Purton
7g   Choisir x Just Devine (IRE) (Montjeu (IRE) )
 7 6.8 Dicton (GB) T: G Bietolini J: O Peslier
4h   Lawman (FR) x Saying (USA) (Giant's Causeway (USA) )
 8 8.3 Designs On Rome (IRE) T: J Moore J: Tommy Berry
7g   Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) x Summer Trysting (USA) (Alleged (USA) )
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