King's Stand Stakes Result: Little Bridge strikes for Hong Kong

Little Bridge: Winner of the 2012 King's Stand Stakes

Little Bridge struck for Hong Kong in a furiously-run King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot...

Ridden by Australian jockey Zac Purton, the Hong Kong challenger put the race to bed with a burst a furlong out...

The six-year-old had been off the track since winning 51 days ago but was always towards the head of affairs and was the last off the bridle for trainer Danny Shum.

Ridden by Australian jockey Zac Purton, the Hong Kong challenger put the race to bed with a burst a furlong out and while Bated Breath tried to challenge, he was three-quarters of a length down at the line.

Sole Power, whose participation had been in some doubt due to the easy ground, ran yet another big race in a Group One to claim third with Medicean Man running a career-best in fourth.

Prix de l'Abbaye winner Tangerine Trees was one of the first to show up along with the three-year-old Ponty Acclaim, but at halfway their exertions were beginning to show.

Masamah caused a minor delay to the start by playing up in the stalls and Jamie Spencer's mount was withdrawn.

Purton said: "He travelled like the winner the whole way and I was always confident.

"When I came up the rise, I knew I had a lot of horse left and I knew it would take a good one to beat me.

"Danny and I both came here pretty confident in the horse, so we expected something anyway.

"Hopefully it is just the start of a good week for Australians."
Shum said: "I'm very happy and Zac did a very good job.

"My team have done a really fantastic job and I don't know how to say how happy I am.

"I planned to come half a year ago as I love to come to England.

"I really like this country and I really like my horses to win in this country."

Ortensia went off favourite but finished well down the field, Australian compatriot Black Caviar now hoping to avenge that defeat in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Saturday.

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