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Pataca

The currency of Macau. It was introduced in 1894. Macau is a special administrative region of China; perhaps because of this, the pataca is pegged to the Hong Kong dollar using a currency board system. That is, the Monetary Authority of Macau is legally obligated to redeem pataca for the equivalent amount of Hong Kong dollars on demand.
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The rematch was expected to see Vengeance Of Rain exact his revenge but with Kinane at his masterful best, Viva Pataca came from off the pace to win going away from his old rival by three and three-quarter lengths.
Pataca will be out of contract this summer, although Montpellier are keen on keeping the star on board by penning a new deal.
Pataca, who has hit eight goals so far this season for his French club Mont pellier, will be out of contract in the summer.
5 square kilometers, which includes the Macao peninsula and the islands of Taipa and Coloane -- Population: 435,317 (at end of June 1999), of which more than 95% are of Chinese origin, less than 20,000 Macanese -- Official languages: Chinese and Portuguese -- Currency: pataca -- Per-capita gross domestic product: 16,055 U.
Comedy King is bred to be a champion, as a half-brother to former Hong Kong star Viva Pataca and a full sibling to Grade One winner Laughing, but he has yet to live up to his illustrious pedigree.
Bloodstock agent Alastair Donald, partner at Sackville Donald, has been among the foremost traders with Hong Kong, selling horses such as Viva Pataca and Collection to the country, and says demand is buoyant.
We had his half-brother Comic Strip, who turned out to be Viva Pataca.
Eagle Mountain and Viva Pataca, who fought out a thrilling Hong Kong Cup in December are set to resume their rivalry in the $5 million Group One Dubai Sheema Classic, sponsored by Nakheel, the race attracting 280 entries from 18 countries.
Godolphin's five-year-old had to survive a stewards' inquiry but there was no doubting his superiority over local favouriteViva Pataca.
QEII winner Ramonti tries his luck in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup, but Godolphin's standardbearer will find life tough against VIVA PATACA.
Sold to the Hong Kong stable of John Moore, who has trained Viva Pataca and Collection among others, Xtension has run six times for his new connections, winning once, the Group 1 BMW Champions Mile in April.
Eagle Mountain is the 5/2 second favourite with British bookmakers and the big obvious danger is Hong Kong hero Viva Pataca.