Mastery wins Hong Kong Vase

Dec. 12, 2010 at 1:40 AM

HONG KONG, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Mastery jumped to the top tier of international racing with an easy win in Sunday's Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase.

With jockey Frankie Dettori riding, Mastery was always prominent as long shot Mighty High showed the way in the 2,400-meter event. Around the stretch turn, Dettori stepped on the gas and Mastery responded immediately, surging to the lead and winning by a comfortable 2 1/2 lengths in 2:27.69.

Redwood, trained in England and recently raced in the top events in Canada, ran well late to take second. The favorite, Americain, winner of the Melbourne Cup, fell short with his rally and settled for third.

Mastery, the only runner on the day's card for Dubai's Godolphin Racing, is a 4-year-old, British-bred son of Sulamani. He finished fifth in this year's Dubai World Cup, then third in the Group 3 Darley Stakes at Newmarket. In his last outing, the Floodlit Stakes over the all-weather track at Kempton, he won in a dead heat with Dansili Dancer.

For his career, the Saeed bin Suroor-trained colt now has five wins from 13 starts.

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