Moore's sprinter aims for the stars
EXCITING Irish sprinter Manashar is the latest star recruit to the powerful John Moore stable. Moore swooped to secure the Group One-placed three-year-old from the Aga Khan and is already eyeing a crack at December's showpiece International Bowl. 'He arrives here in a few days time and I will train him for the Bowl if it is possible to get him ready for the race in time,' Moore said.
Manashar, a son of the Aga's English 2,000 Guineas winner Doyoun, won his only start in Ireland this season where his main job was as a lead horse to the Irish 2,000 Guineas winner, Adjareli. Last season he ran second to Definite Article in the Group One National Stakes and Definite Article progressed to run a short head second in this summer's Irish Derby.
Moore, the champion trainer, could well be double-handed in the Bowl as he has also pencilled in the potentially brilliant Sugarloaf for the 1,400-metre contest. Sugarloaf drew rave reviews at the end of last season when winning his final two starts. Jockey Tony Cruz had no doubt that there was a likely Derby contender.
But Moore doesn't want to flatten Sugarloaf by running him over too much ground before the Derby hence the Bowl being his medium-term target. Sugarloaf will reappear over 1,200 metres on October 1, and is then set to contest a 1,400-metre Class One handicap on October 28 followed by the Stewards Cup on November 11.
'I don't want to rush him,' Moore stressed yesterday. 'He has looked really impressive and I can't complain about the handicapper raising him 20 pounds for his last win as I would have probably done the same. 'This programme will allow us to see if he has the talent to compete with the likes of Mr Vitality.'