Lord Kanaloa ran out a stylish winner of the Longines Hong Kong Sprint for Japanese trainer Takayuki Yasuda and jockey Yasunari Iwata.
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Cerise Cherry tried to make all in the six-furlong race and she was still in front over a furlong out.
However, Iwata was stoking up Lord Kanaloa down the middle of the track and the colt extended away to win by two and a half lengths.
Cerise Cherry hung on for second by a short head with Captain Sweet back in third with the first four home drawn no wider than gate six.
Iwata said: "I am very happy to win the race. I believed he was the best sprinter and very pleased to prove that in the Hong Kong Sprint. He has lots of scope to compete well in the best sprint races in the world."
There was disappointment for connections of Lucky Nine and Australian raider and leading fancy Sea Siren.
Brett Pebble, the rider of last year's winner Lucky Nine, revealed that he was never happy: "He was gone at the 600m. He was off the bridle then which is not him. Wasn't quite himself today."
It was a similar story for Sea Siren as jockey Jim Cassidy said: "She was a bit keen early and wanted to lay in. I have to say she was disappointing."
The winner, who'd claimed the Sprinters Stakes in Japan on his previous start, became the first Japanese trained winner of the International Sprint and took his race record to eight wins and four seconds from 13 starts.