Viva Pataca wins Cup Trial
Viva Pataca tuned up for the Hong Kong International meeting with a comfortable win in the Cup Trial at Sha Tin.
Beaten by Godolphin’s Ramonti in last year’s Cup (2000m), Viva Pataca showed no signs of a reported elbow injury when he downed Hawkes Bay by 1-1/4 lengths in Sunday’s feature.
Viva Pataca is trained by John Moore and had the services of regular rider Darren Beadman who positioned him midfield before urging him to the front in the straight.
He shook him up without using too much pressure and the horse showed his class over the final 150 metres to pull away.
Viva Pataca was named Hong Kong’s champion middle distance horse and also the best stayer of last season.