CALIFORNIA Memory was way too good for his rivals in the Hong Kong Cup, but Alcopop showed he wasn’t out of place on the world stage.
Thanks to a rails hugging ride by Craig Williams, Alcopop surged late to grab third place, two and three-quarter lengths behind
California Memory, and earn Jake Stephens and connections $300,000.
What made the performance even more meritorious was that the eight-year-old dawdled out of the stalls to sit a conspicuous last.
Williams decided there was no point to do anything else but ride for luck and he stuck to that game plan and it paid dividends.
While California Memory was untroubled to take out the Group 1, Alcopop ran home his final in about 46 seconds.
Stephens told TVN’s Bruce Clark that Alcopop will not campaign in Australia or Dubai during the autumn, but will return in the
Carlton House, owned by Her Majesty The Queen, was passed by Alcopop over the concluding stages as he was relegated to finish sixth.