Defending Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup heroine, Snow Fairy, shrugged off the ills of bug bites and lameness to take another Group One Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup in Kyoto, Japan, yesterday and trainer Ed Dunlop confirmed Hong Kong would be her next stop. 'It has been a long week but a happy one - to win today was phenomenal because five days ago she wasn't even going to run,' said Dunlop. 'She is a truly great filly. She was badly infected from the bugs that bit her when she was in quarantine and she was lame as well. Then she came right gradually this week and we had another blow when she drew barrier 18.' Jockey Ryan Moore had no option from the outside of the field than to ride Snow Fairy quietly, but he was helped in his cause by local 343-1 chance, Shimmei Fuji, who ran out with a lead of almost 20 lengths at one stage of the 2,200m race. From a better draw last year, and with a similarly strong pace, Snow Fairy was able to claim the leaders at the 200m mark and run away to win by a big margin, but this time she gave away an even bigger start and it was not until the final 70m that Moore charged through a gap on Snow Fairy to claim the lead. Moore is unbeaten in five rides aboard Snow Fairy and told the press he was 'lucky to be on a filly like her'. 'She's a very talented filly and she tries very hard. The pace was stronger than I expected and we were further back than I hoped but she always quickens well and picked up really well in the straight,' Moore said. Dunlop will press on with Snow Fairy to the December showpiece at Sha Tin, but would not commit to a target. 'Provided she comes through this OK, she will be in Hong Kong but I can only say for sure that it won't be for the Sprint or the Mile,' Dunlop said. 'We have ruled out running in the Japan Cup - with all that has gone on, she has had a lot harder race than I had expected today.' Twelve months ago, Dunlop waited until the last moment before choosing the 2,000m Hong Kong Cup over 2,400m Vase, and forecast he would take the same position this year. This year, however, Dunlop also has Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux entered in the Vase. While Snow Fairy will likely press on to Sha Tin, there must be a cloud over the participation in Hong Kong of the Epsom Oaks winner, Dancing Rain, who was reported with soundness queries of her own during the week in Kyoto.