French favourite Flintshire, ridden by Maxine Guyon, overcame the status as perpetual runner-up to win the HK$16.5 million Hong Kong Vase.
The four-year-old was runner-up in the Arc de Triomphe and Breeders’ Cup Turf, but in Hong Kong Flintshire came from midfield beat out Willie Cazals (Douglas Whyte), and leave Khaya (Mirco Demuro) in third.
Flintshire's owner is Khalid Abdullah, one of the biggest racehorse owners in the world. After the win Abdullah's representative Teddy Grimthorpe was pleased.
Grimthorpe said: "We've come close before, so to break through was a big thrill.
"I was worried about the speed. I was yelling from the stands for them to go faster in front, but in the end he was too good anyway."
He added: "It's really important and we're absolutely thrilled. We've had near misses with Polish Summer and Cityscape so to nail it is fantastic.
"I was yelling from the stands for Maxime to go on, but he's got a good turn of foot and it worked out, although he would have preferred a faster pace. He stays in training and will have an international campaign next year."