Moore buys horse for Melbourne Cup

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 December, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 December, 2009, 12:00am

While John Moore's attention is fully focused on his quest to be the first trainer to win all four Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Internationals, the trainer has just completed a deal with the potential for another long-term international goal.

Moore purchased rising four-year-old Beheshtam from the Aga Khan, with a view to taking on the Melbourne Cup in 2010.

'My agent in the UK recommended that Beheshtam would be an ideal Melbourne Cup horse if I had a client who was interested, so I looked at his pedigree and his form and I went ahead and bought him for the same syndicate that owns Collection,' Moore said yesterday.

'He has won up to 2,600 metres in France and he is in quarantine now with a Derby campaign the first target.'

Beheshtam finished 12th behind Sea The Stars in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at his latest outing, but has won two of his six starts and Moore said there was still some upside to the horse.

'Like the last two [Hong Kong] Derby winners, Helene Mascot and Collection, he's by Peintre Celebre and I think I can get him here and train a bit of speed into him for our style of racing,' Moore said.

'We'll see how he works out here first, then the Melbourne Cup could be on his agenda later. I've always said I'd love to go back and win one of the big ones in Australia and he might be the horse.'