Owner set for more Sunny days
John Moore's association with owner Matthew Wong Leung-pak continues to shine brightly with Sunny King nearly landing the spoils in the featured Stewards' Cup, and the partnership is likely to enjoy more good times with imports Sunny Fay and Sunny More showing good promise in their debuts at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Besides achieving a peak rating last season of 120 with Sunny King, Moore and Wong have combined to win the Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup with Goggles, Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Classic Mile and Sha Tin Sprint Trophy with Sunny Sing, and many other lesser events with Sunny Golf.
Sunny Fay warmed up for his debut after a soft 800m trial behind Costa Del Sol and was a 12-1 shot in the Class Three Bullish Luck Handicap. He made his run at the rear after breaking slowly from gate 11, was on heels and forced to switch seven deep at the 400m with nearly six lengths to make up, but clocked the fastest final 400m split - 23.14 - to finish fifth behind Good Luck Win.
Sunny Fay won his only start in Britain over six furlongs at Doncaster as a two-year-old for trainer Richard Fahey. He's a three-year-old son of mile specialist Diamond Green and is out of the Fasliyev mare Corps De Ballet, who is a half-sister to Quick Action, a star sprinter in the 1990s for trainer Ivan Allan.
Sunny More wasn't given much of a chance off a 59-1 quote with Zac Purton filling in for the indisposed Darren Beadman in the Class Three Electronic Unicorn Handicap (1,400m).
Sunny More was allowed to find his feet after breaking from gate 13, swung the final bend widest out and, with 51/4 lengths to make up on the even pace of Charmgold and Just Fantastic, finished off nicely for sixth to upset winner Real Supreme, with the third swiftest final 400m in a good 22.85 seconds.
He had seven overseas runs under the guidance of Andrew Balding and was a winner at the Curragh in Ireland.
Sunny More is a four-year-old son of Danehill Dancer, the sire of sprint star One World, and the Sadler's Wells mare Regal Star, a 1,400m winner and half-sister to smart middle-distance performer Annus Mirabilis, a Dubai Duty Free winner and four-times Group One placed, including the Irish Derby over 2,400m.
The bay gelding has a pedigree that will see him stamp himself over a mile and over a distance when he fully matures.
Francis Lui Kin-wai's Divine Kid, who has been a disappointment in this campaign, caught the eye in the Class Four Russian Pearl Handicap (1,600m).
The five-year-old was ridden with patience, shifted about in search of a run for a good part of the straight before bursting through a gap 80m out for a decent seventh, beaten only 31/2 lengths by Novel Winning.