Chefano gave trainer John Moore a sixth win in the G3 Queen Mother Memorial Cup Handicap (2400m) with a resolute front-running display at Sha Tin on Sunday, 3 May.
Matthew Chadwick dictated the tempo against four rivals – three of which hailed from the same record-breaking stable – and did so with full confidence in his mount’s ability to outrun the rest.
“He travelled early, got an easy time in front and he was always going to outstay them,” Chadwick said.
“I thought his run last time was the best of John’s horses and he had improvement to come, so I thought he was as good if not better than the favourite.”
Helene Leadingstar (119lb) was the market pick and the only horse not from the Moore camp. The Tony Cruz-trained galloper advanced with a wide effort on the home turn as jockey Karis Teetan attempted to press the leader, but Zac Purton on Eagle Way (133lb) had the same idea, forcing Helene Leadingstar to labour three-wide.
Chefano (114lb) was headed briefly but Chadwick regathered the South African import and the pair forged on down the home straight for a two and a quarter-length success over the pursuing Savvy Nine (115lb).