Hong Kong’s favourite horses duelled in a gripping renewal of the Audemars Piguet QEII Cup at Sha Tin, with the Hong Kong Derby winner Designs On Rome getting the better of Military Attack.

The ex-Irish horse, a son of Holy Roman Emperor who was formerly trained by Patrick Flynn, has been a different proposition since switching to the Orient and made a significant move under Tommy Berry down the back straight.

Stable mate Same World had taken the field along but entering the home straight the gun slinging Military Attack surged into the lead. However Berry had manoeuvred Designs On Rome from the back of the pack with a daring back stretch run which took the horse four-wide.

Into the home straight the 4 year old had plenty left in the tank and went after Military Attack, gradually wearing him down to claim the spoils close to the line. The pair were clear of Mike de Kock’s Vercingetorix in third.