Moore unfazed by Zero luck in barrier draw
Patrick Allen in Singapore
Barrier nine holds no fears for trainer John Moore and jockey Darren Beadman, who missed a treble at Happy Valley on Wednesday night to put the finishing touches on world-class sprinter Happy Zero in Singapore yesterday.
Moore (pictured) watched as Beadman and Happy Zero stepped out on Kranji racecourse before daybreak to complete a final blowout before the S$1 million Group One KrisFlyer International Sprint on Sunday.
'He lost 10 to 15 pounds on the flight, which is completely normal. He hasn't left an oat since he arrived and he's probably travelled the best of any horse I've taken overseas,' Moore said. 'Happy Zero was very laid back in his gallop this morning, he just does what he has to do, but everything looks to be shaping up well.'
Moore could do little at the barrier draw yesterday but look on as all bar gate nine were selected before owner David Boehm strode to the stage to confirm Happy Zero's starting position. 'Darren knows the horse as well as anybody, and from barrier nine we will just let him jump away and see where he lands,' Moore said.
'I won't be giving any specific instructions, Happy Zero has got one of the best jockeys in the world on his back and he is ready to run a big race.'
Fellow Hong Kong gallopers Green Birdie and Joy And Fun fared better in the draw and came up with barriers one and four respectively.
Champion Singaporean sprinter Rocket Man drew barrier six, and may have some competition for the lead after trainer Gary Portelli declared his galloper, Gold Trail, would fight for a forward position. 'Gold Trail's ability is really to power into and then out of the corner, he doesn't have as big a finish as some of the other runners,' Portelli said.
'Ideally we want to have the rest of the field off the bit at the 700-metre mark, because that is how our horse can win races. He hasn't raced the anti-clockwise way of going before, so it may be to our advantage.'
Some early speed will be removed from the race, with Mexican Rose likely to take a position with cover after being blown off the track by Rocket Man in the Group One Lion City Cup last month when she stalked the local champion in the lead.
The KrisFlyer International Sprint will be simulcast at 7.50pm on Sunday, followed by the S$3 million Group One Singapore Airlines International Cup (2,000m) at 8.40pm.