Trainer Leslie Khoo praised the ride of jockey Alan Munro when WORLD WAR took out the $55,000 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy over 1,400m in Sunday's Race 6.
Having his first start since July 14, a patient Munro guided World War to a ¾-length victory over Lucky Dapper (Barend Vorster). Kate's Keeper (Joao Moreira) was third, a length away.
World War recorded 1min 23.25sec for the journey.
Munro had World War back in the second half of the field on settling down, with Oh Money Come (Mohd Zaki) leading from Little Bit Fierce (John Powell) and Lucky Dapper.
There was little change at the head of affairs until the home turn, where Lucky Dapper took control.
It was at this point that Munro started to weave some of his magic as he found galloping room through the field, whereas the favourite Kate's Keeper was slightly held up for a run backtowards the inside.
Near the 200m World War swept up to Lucky Dapper and, over the concluding stages of the race, asserted his superiority on his opposition.
World War, a winner of just one of his previous nine starts, had responded well to Munro and also to the removal of blinkers in recent outings.