Richard Gibson may be an Englishman, but he stood proudly to the French national anthem after winning the most important race in his 10 years of training, with Doctor Dino in the HK$14 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase. Gibson teamed up with a more legitimate Frenchman, the brilliant jockey Olivier Peslier, who joined Gerald Mosse as the most successful jockeys in the history of the International Races, with five wins each. Gibson was given the appropriate reward for a textbook piece of planning, giving Doctor Dino a break during the height of the summer and bringing him back to be specifically aimed towards some hand-picked majors towards the end of the year. As it usually does in horse racing, patience paid the appropriate dividends as Doctor Dino ($87.50), having his first start at 2,400 metres, sprinted home too strongly for the Peter Schiergen-trained German visitor Quijano. The Vase is the Jockey Club's traditional pre-Christmas gift to the Europeans, who specialise at the distance, and so it proved again, with the visitors filling the first seven placings. The Paul O'Sullivan-trained Ever Bright, handled by Olivier Doleuze, was the first Hong Kong horse home in eighth position, beaten 43/4 lengths. Hawkes Bay (Gerald Mosse) ran 10th, Viva Macau (Darren Beadman) 12th and Vital King was eased down to a walk by Brett Prebble, finishing last of the 13 runners and more than 24 lengths from the winner, He was later found to have 'substantial' blood in his trachea. Gibson, 37, has been training since 1998 and has had more than 300 winners in Europe and Dubai and one - Doctor Dino - in the Man O'War Stakes (Group 1) at Belmont, New York, on September 8. This was his fifth Group One win, with Doctor Dino now responsible for two of them. The others were Chad (champion two-year-old filly), Marotta (Prix St Alary) and Lune D'Or (Premia Lydia Tesio). Gibson, who trains 75 horses at Chantilly, 40km outside of Paris, said there were no plans for the horse, even in the afterglow of victory. 'This race was the plan,' Gibson said. 'We'll take him back to Chantilly, give him a break and then we'll make some plans. The one thing I can say is that he will remain in training next year.' Peslier, who has ridden for many of the world's great trainers, paid Gibson a huge compliment, giving him full credit for the five-year-old's sparkling win. 'We had been thinking of taking him to the mile and a half, and had the choice of going to Japan or coming to Hong Kong,' Peslier said. 'Richard chose Hong Kong, thinking the track here would better suit the horse, and his judgment has been proved spot on again.' On the subject of nationalities, Gibson said it was a great day for France. 'Yes, I am English but I chose to train in France and Olivier and I both work and live at Chantilly. 'When you are overseas like this, you are representing your country and today, we were proudly representing France.' Quijano came from further back than Andrasch Starke wanted, but hit the line better than anything else for second, beaten 11/2 lengths. The disappointment among the European visitors was 2006 Breeders' Cup Turf hero Red Rocks. The Brian Meehan-trained four-year-old, handled by Frankie Dettori, was caught three wide without cover and had nothing else to offer in the home straight.