Moore continues his impressive feature successes with Jacobee
John Moore claimed his 23rd Cup race of the season after lightweight rider Jeff Lloyd drove Jacobee to a hard-fought win in the Members Cup (1,800m) at Sha Tin yesterday.
Moore has been a specialist at winning feature races for his owners this season and produced the goods yet again with Jacobee, a horse who is owned by some of his card-playing friends and is named after a form of Poker.
The trainer was more than happy to see his promising youngster bounce back from a disappointing last-start effort to record a neck win over Majestic Heart, with 23/4 lengths away to Glory Of India in third.
'Jacobee was really disappointing last run, he clipped heels early and he seemed to regather himself before the straight, but he just didn't let down at all,' Moore said.
'I don't know if the track was too hard or what it was, but we had him scoped after the race and nothing was amiss, he was just a totally different horse today.
'Jeff gave him a gem of a ride, but it was a determined effort, and after he got three around his backside he really switched into top gear.
'That will do him for the season now, we picked up that win out of him and now he can have a rest.'
Lloyd has made the most of his opportunities with Moore and consolidated his place as the stable's first-choice lightweight rider after he picked up a Cup win with Mighty High last Sunday.
'The extra distance really helped Jacobee and we got a beautiful run throughout,' Lloyd said. 'The good tempo suited, we got a lot of room to come between runners in the straight and, with no weight on his back, he was able to quicken nicely and fight off Majestic Heart.
'It was a good effort because Brett's horse had headed him on the outside and he'll improve again next season for sure, he's a nice type and has good ability.'
Although not able to make the 116 pounds required to ride Jacobee to victory, regular stable rider Darren Beadman was buoyed by the win of the three-year-old.
'We had a query about Jacobee after his last run when he clipped heels and then never let down in the straight, so it's good to see him bounce back and show his true ability,' Beadman said.
'The extra distance was perfect for him today, the rating and the weight suited and hopefully Jeff will take me out for dinner again like he did after he won on Mighty High.'