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The Runners & Their Teams 2015



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  • [Barrier No: 10]
  • Last year’s winner has had a chequered run since, heading down to Australia for a tilt at the Cox Plate, which was, however, aborted due to a throat infection. Back in Hong Kong, he ran four times without success, but did show a return to form at his last couple of starts, including his third to stablemate Able Friend after showing the way in the Group Champions Mile on May 3. John Moore is an astute trainer and would have brought his charge to his peak for his title defence. Better on top of the ground.
Description: 7 B G
Trainer: JOHN MOORE (HK)
Season: 2014
Summary: 6 1 3 1
Career 40 6 10 4
Earnings(SGD): S$6,501,224
  • Dan Excel
Race Date Ctry & Track Going Dist Barrier Place Race Category & Name WTR Wt Margin Odds Jockey Win Time Winner / Second
03-May-2015 HK,ST (RH) T(G) 1600 4 3/6 Champions Mile 114 57 1.5 75 T Berry 1:35.39 Able Friend
07-Apr-2015 HK,ST (RH) T(G) 1600 5 4/8 Chairman's Trophy 118 58 1.5 145 N Rawiller 1:33.76 Able Friend
15-Mar-2015 HK,ST (RH) T(G) 1400 2 8/11 Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup 110 57.5 5.5 370 T Berry 1:21.10 Able Friend
15-Feb-2015 HK,ST (RH) T(G) 1200 7 9/12 Chariman's Sprint Prize 107 57 4.25 255 N Rawiller 1:08.79 Gold-Fun
18-May-2014 SIN,KRJ (LH) T(G) 2000 1 1/12 Singapore Airlines International Cup 119 57 1.75 29 T Berry 1:59.07 Smoking Sun
04-May-2014 HK,ST (RH) T(G) 1600 7 3/14 Champions Mile 117 56 5.25 55 T Berry 1:34.11 Variety Club
16-Mar-2014 HK,ST (RH) T(G) 1400 6 2/11 Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup 117 57 0.5 55 N Callan 1.21.85 Gold-Fun
23-Feb-2014 HK,ST (RH) T(G) 2000 5 2/7 Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup 117 59 3 90 N Callan 2:01.21 Military Attack
John Moore, 65, has been involved in Hong Kong racing since the professional era commenced in 1971 and is Hong Kong's winning-most trainer with more than 1,400 career wins to his name. The Australian began training in 1985, before which he held the position of assistant-trainer to his late famous father, George. In 2007 he prepared an international Group 1 double thanks to Viva Pataca in the QEII Cup and Able One in the Champions Mile and, in a feat perhaps unprecedented in the sport, won the same two races with the same two horses three years later. Moore is the first trainer to send out 1,000 winners in Hong Kong and has been the leader in prizemoney won for the past nine seasons. His total prizemoney of over HK$136.7 million won in 2013/14 smashed Tony Cruz's HK prizemoney record of HK$114 million. After a 17-year gap, he clinched a sixth trainer’s championship with a strong finish to the 2010/11 season and he is vying for the title this season with 48 wins so far. His major Group 1 triumphs also include further successes in the Hong Kong Mile (2011 Able One, 2014 Able Friend), Hong Kong Cup (2014 Designs On Rome), Stewards’ Cup (2015 Able Friend), Hong Kong Gold Cup (2015 Designs On Rome), APQEII Cup (2013 Military Attack, 2014 Designs On Rome) and Champions Mile (2011 & 2012 Xtension, 2013 Dan Excel, 2015 Able Friend). His first overseas Group 1 win came with Military Attack in the 2013 SIA Cup before Dan Excel doubled the dose in 2014. Between times, Sterling City won the 2014 Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen and Dominant landed the 2013 Group 1 Hong Kong Vase. 2013/2014 also saw Moore dominate the four-year-old series with the horse that would become Hong Kong’s highest rated ever, Able Friend (Hong Kong Classic Mile), and subsequent Horse of the Year Designs On Rome (Hong Kong Classic Cup and Hong Kong Derby). Now a regular visitor to our International races, Moore will be back with last year’s SIA Cup winner Dan Excel in a bid to claim that race for the third year in a row.
Tommy Berry
Tommy Berry, 24, began his career in 2007 and was crowned New South Wales champion apprentice in the 2009/10 season. In April 2011, the Australian became stable jockey to Gai Waterhouse in Sydney alongside Nash Rawiller. His first Group 1 win came aboard Epaulette in the 2012 Golden Rose Stakes and he followed up with a Group 1 double at Randwick on 6 October, 2012 atop Fat Al (Epsom Handicap) and Glencadam Gold (Metropolitan Handicap). Other notable Group 1 wins include the Golden Slipper atop Overreach in April 2013, and Sacred Falls in the Doncaster Mile two weeks later. Shortly after, he took up a contract with the Hong Kong Jockey Club until season’s end and became the first Club-licensed rider to win a Group 1 race on the first day of his contract when successful with Military Attack in the 2013 Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup before going on to register 22 wins. He went back to Hong Kong in 2014 and secured three more Group 1 wins, the Hong Kong Classic Cup, the BMW Hong Kong Derby and Audemars Piguet QEII Cup, all aboard Designs On Rome. Berry will be at his fourth Singapore visit after he landed the Longines Singapore Gold Cup aboard Tropaios in 2013 and the SIA Cup aboard Dan Excel last year. He will be hoping for a repeat feat aboard the latter in this year’s 2000m showpiece.