Moore thrilled with Durban Demon's perfect ride on Happee Gift

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 April, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 April, 2010, 12:00am

It is not often John Moore can be heard cheering home Douglas Whyte over his stable jockey Darren Beadman, but that was exactly what happened as Happee Gift fought off Perfect Gear in the finish of the Cheung Chau Handicap.

Beadman was unable to make the 115-pound feather weight assigned to Moore's runner and the trainer was quick to secure the services of Whyte as a replacement at his owner's request.

'The owner [Daryl Ng Win-kong] was very keen to have Douglas ride one of his horses, as he hadn't ridden for him before,' Moore said. 'But he's got the photo to prove that he's ridden Happee Gift now, and was very pleased with the result.

'Darren rode the second horse Perfect Gear exactly as I would have wanted him to ride one of mine, but the difference in the weights and the lovely trip that Douglas was able to give Happee Gift made the difference.'

Moore said Happee Gift was finally starting to relax a little in his races and deserves to be rewarded for his consistency.

'He had the gun gate, wasn't taken on in the lead and then had an easy time of it out in front, and he showed a nice turn of foot once again,' Moore said.

'We have him in the frame of mind now where he knows he doesn't have to do everything in one mad dash.

'He has been the model of consistency this season, he is very sound and, now that he's a bit stronger, I think he can win a few more.'