Champion trainer Brian Kan Ping-chee summed up Industrial Pioneer's bubble-bursting Hong Kong Gold Cup win yesterday in just five words: 'Today my jockey - very good.' Last season's Hong Kong Derby winning team of Kan, Industrial Pioneer and brilliant French rider Gerald Mosse returned to the Sha Tin 2,000-metres course and left in their wake the champion sprinter-miler Electronic Unicorn, who found the middle distance beyond his capabilities just as another champion sprinter-miler, Fairy King Prawn, had done last year. It was sweet revenge for Kan, too, as his own top miler, Red Pepper, had to settle for second to Electronic Unicorn in the Stewards' Cup last month. Yesterday Mosse was at his best, picking his way through the field along the inside rail, not spending a dollar in the run to the home straight, before overpowering Helene Vitality (Dwayne Dunn) to win by a head in the very shadows of the post, with Cheers Hong Kong close-up in third. 'Today, my jockey - very good. Not me, I am just the trainer,' Kan laughed in his delight at upstaging odds-on favourite Electronic Unicorn, who was never a factor in the race and finished eighth. 'After Industrial Pioneer's last run, I said I was very confident about this race, and I told the truth. With 133 pounds that time, and the slow pace, it was difficult for him but today he had the same weight as everyone else. And my jockey really performed well. I think if anyone but Gerald Mosse rode Industrial Pioneer, then maybe he would not have won.' Mosse's winning move was the decision in the middle stages to start pressing forward on the back of the David Hayes-trained pair of Momentum and Helene Vitality, who were advancing along the inside rail. The Frenchman put Industrial Pioneer into their slipstream by the 800 metres and in turn they took him up into the leading bunch. 'Today the race felt just like the Derby last year,' Mosse explained. 'They went a good pace and in the early part of the race I was happy to settle my horse in the second half of the field and make sure he would stay strongly at the finish. Then through the race, I increased my speed gradually, smoothly, following those two and I could not have come into the race better. I was confident when we turned into the straight and the horse finished the race off very strongly.' Kan gave high praise to the patience of managing owner, Albert Hu Si-nok, which may have paved the way to yesterday's Gold Cup victory. 'Early in the season, Industrial Pioneer had a problem with a ligament and I said he needed to have a rest,' Kan said. 'He [Hu] said to me, fine, do what you have to do for the best. That is why the horse only raced one time early in the season. I gave him a break and now he has no problem and he is as good as he was when he won the Derby last year.' Hu is no stranger to big-race success, having won Group One events with the Kan-trained Industrialist just a couple of seasons back, including the Queen Elizabeth II Cup, which will be Industrial Pioneer's next major target in April. 'He has been a lucky owner for me and a very good owner,' Kan said. 'I love to win the big races. I've won the Gold Cup maybe four or five times now but I just love to win these races. When I retire, who is going to win them for Hong Kong trainers?' Fifth-time champion trainer last season, Kan is due for retirement next year under the Jockey Club's age limitations. Dunn's employment of new tactics closer to the lead on the runner-up was heart-breakingly perfect, but just not enough to snare him his first Group One win. 'When I got to the front and got away, I thought I could win it but I kept waiting for the Unicorn to come along with a big run and knock me off,' Dunn said. 'It didn't happen and I still found one too good. A great run but it would have been nicer to win.' Although beaten into second place in the race in consecutive years, David Hayes was thrilled with the performance of Helene Vitality. 'Frankly, he has been looking pretty ordinary getting back in the field lately and just plugging on and I think that getting Dwayne to put him into the race early has switched him on,' Hayes said. 'Obviously, I'm not happy to be running second but at least he was there in the race to win it at the 200 metres and the winner was just a touch too good. This horse loves a battle at the end and he showed it today. The winner was going to beat him comfortably when he first came at Helene Vitality but he kicked back. Putting him in the race earlier allowed him to show what a fighter he really is.' Hayes' other game performer, Momentum, finished fourth in the showpiece.