Mosse facing Derby poser
FRENCHMAN Gerald Mosse is looking long and hard at the video replays of last Sunday's runs of Hong Kong Derby candidates Amza Glory and Master Eagle before deciding on his mount for the Classic. Trainer David Hill has the Arc-winning jockey pencilled in for Amza Glory who ran satisfactorily in the Classic Trial and will appreciate the step up in distance to the 1,800-metre trip of the $5.5 million Derby on February 26. Hill said: 'I would like to know as quickly as possible but Gerald has asked me for another couple of days so that he can go through the tapes of the Trial and Master Eagle's win.' English star Darryll Holland, who won the Classic Trial on 10-1 chance Bogie's Pride, has expressed an interest in Amza Glory which is scarcely surprising as few concede the Trial winner much chance in the Derby.
Although Hill was earlier interested in former British champion Pat Eddery for Amza Glory, the Irishman will stick with English challenger Victory And Gold. Eddery said: ''Victory And Gold is a good horse but I don't think he will be right for the Derby. It's a pity but you cannot rush them and time is not on his side. 'But Brian [Kan] is doing his best with him and I am happy to stick with Victory And Gold.
'Victory And Gold was a handy horse in England and there will be races for him here.' Walter Swinburn is delighted to be partnering Sure Win King in the Derby following the horse's unlucky run in the Classic Trial. 'I still think he will take a lot of beating. We had no luck in the straight in the Classic Trial otherwise it would have been very close. He is in great heart and I wouldn't swap him for anything else in the race,' said Swinburn.