Alexander Goldrun wins for Bolger

Irish filly Alexander Goldrun produced a blistering burst of speed under Kevin Manning to collar the leaders well inside the final furlong in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup.

Irish filly Alexander Goldrun produced a blistering burst of speed under Kevin Manning to collar the leaders well inside the final furlong in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup.

Jim Bolger’s vastly improved three-year-old got the better of Bullish Luck by short head with Touch Of Land three-quarters of a length away in third.

Alexander Goldrun won the Prix l’Opera at Longchamp in early October on her previous start and Bolger said: “We did plan to come here if we got invited because there was nothing else in between for the filly.

“I was happy with her from the word go, I knew she was at the top of her game and was hopeful she would run a big race.

“As she didn’t have a great draw we couldn’t have a game plan but Kevin gave her a brilliant ride.”

Manning added: “She jumped well and I had a good run all the way.”

Rakti was heavily backed to improve on his second to Falbrav in the 2003 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup but he failed to show any sparkle.

Aidan O’Brien’s Powerscourt was fourth after appearing to have been hampered by the runner-up and his jockey Jamie Spencer lodged an objection to Bullish Luck, but he later withdrew it.

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