PAKISTAN Star’s tumultuous career hit a definitive peak on Sunday, Hong Kong’s cult hero bolting clear to win the HK$24million Audemars Piguet QEII Cup at Sha Tin.

It was a fateful path that landed leading English rider William Buick on his back in the 2000m feature, after her original booking Silvestre de Sousa couldn’t guarantee he would make it to Hong Kong from his base in Britain, and his initial replacement Kerrin McEvoy was grounded in Australia due to an ear infection.

And it must have been third option lucky, as Buick delivered the gap-punching ride in the straight to get past the tough Time Warp and power away to a three-length win over Tony Cruz-trained stablemate Gold Mount.

Cruz’s five-year-old started his career as a social media sensation, had some narrow misses in a couple of features before refusing to run in a race, but now he has that all-important Group One win to his credit.

“He really showed his class today,” Buick said.

Pakistan Star is a five-year-gold gelding by Shamardal from a mare by Paintre Celebre.

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