Trialled and tested, classy Happy Zero gets the all clear
Happy Zero yesterday appeased stewards and was passed fit for a run in the Group One Chairman's Sprint Prize (1,200m) on February 21 with a steady barrier trial over the straight 1,000m at Sha Tin yesterday.
Happy Zero was previously ordered to trial again after he was found to have mucus and traces of blood in his trachea after trialling behind Able One on January 19.
Moore originally had him pencilled in to tackle the Stewards' Cup (1,600m) won by Fellowship, but has now changed tack with the five-year-old and will freshen him up for a tilt at the second leg of the Hong Kong Speed Series instead.
His second to the Almond Lee Yee-tat trained Joyful Joyful in a time of 59.13 was produced with little effort, but Moore will begin ramping up Happy Zero's preparation and will no doubt have him spot-on to take on the likes of Sacred Kingdom and One World, who raced brilliantly in the Group One Centenary Sprint on Sunday over the 1,000m.
The David Hall-trained Blaze King, who disappointed as favourite after leading the Group Three Bauhinia Sprint Trophy (1,000m) field on January 10, cruised wide on the all-weather track for a comfortable win in heat eight over 1,050m in a time of 62.26 seconds.
Blaze King was found to have substantial mucopus in his trachea after racing and showed he has overcome those concerns with a strong gallop under trial conditions.
The Hall-trained My Goal also seems to have put an unacceptable performance on January 16 behind him as he responded to the strong riding of Brett Prebble to win heat four (1,000m) in a time of 59.57 seconds.
In a busy morning for the stewards, the green light was also given to the Andreas Schutz-trained King Of Scots, who pulled up with a heart irregularity after disappointing on January 1.
King Of Scots strode to the lead with Andreas Suborics for a comfortable win over the 1,000m turf course in heat three.
It was a promising display for the stable, which have had little luck - four winners - so far this season.