Red Cadeaux scored his first Group One victory as he claimed a thrilling renewal of the Longines Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin.
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Ed Dunlop's charge had performed with credit in a number of international engagements and lost out by just a nose in the Melbourne Cup last term before finishing third in this event.
He gained compensation for that near-miss though as he lifted the mile-and-a-half prize in the hands of Gerald Mosse.
Johnny Murtagh set out to make all aboard the William Haggas-trained Dancing Rain and he began to wind up the pace at the three-furlong marker.
However, they were lining up in behind to challenge with Mosse producing Red Cadeaux between Jaguar Mail and Liberator well over a furlong out.
Jaguar Mail went with Red Cadeaux as Mosse tried to kick on but Dunlop's raider dug deep and clung on to victory in a photo.
French challenger Meandre stuck on for third while Dancing Rain faded out of contention in the finish along with Dunaden.
"He deserved this win - three pixels in the Melbourne Cup last year, no pace in the Melbourne Cup this year and he got struck into in the Japan Cup and we should have finished sixth; he was the leading European horse there. It's a fantastic day for everyone," said Dunlop.
"At the 200-metre mark I thought we were going to get beaten by Jaguar Mail, but Gerald (Mosse) gave him a great ride and he was in the right place. The horse battled very hard today.
"(Owner) Ronald Arculli deserves huge praise, and I'm so chuffed for him - to have a winner here is a huge deal.
"This is our third victory here and winning races like this is what it's all about for me.
"We've been lucky to have great owners and great horses to come here. To win three races, Ouija Board (Vase 2005), Snow Fairy (Cup 2010) and now Red Cadeaux - I'm pinching myself to think he's now won a Group One over a mile and half.
"He's come through the handicap system and he gets better and better - he's a really tough horse.
"I hope the Melbourne Cup handicapper isn't listening to this! We may consider Dubai next as an option, there's the staying race but we'll probably look at the Sheema Classic now."
Mosse told At The Races: "He showed something in Japan (eighth in Japan Cup) and I was confident today. He picked up the first one and fought to the line."