EXULTANT proved himself the king of the Hong Kong stayers’ division with a gritty second success in the Group 1 Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup at Sha Tin last Sunday.

The six-year-old Irish-bred, on the anniversary of his third place in the Irish 2000 Guineas when known as Irishcorrespondent for Michael Halford, dug deep to repel Chefano and Furore and give trainer Tony Cruz a seventh victory in the race.