Sunny Fay's narrow win fails to impress Moore
It's a time of year when the John Moore European imports often make a blazing entry to racing and herald a big future, but the trainer was more circumspect about the prospects of Sunny Fay after the Siu Lek Yuen Handicap (1,200m).
Very well-backed as $20 favourite, Sunny Fay (Darren Beadman) never looked like losing the Class Three sprint, but his backers got more than their fair share of excitement at the price, when he could score by only a neck in a blanket finish.
'It was workmanlike, nothing more,' said the three-year-old's trainer. 'Darren said the horse got a bit lost when he did hit the front but it was a weak race, which I expected him to win, and that was hardly impressive.'
Having just turned three, Sunny Fay does at least have the benefits of maturity to look forward to, but Moore said he expects him to turn out more a bread and butter horse than strawberries and champagne.
'The horse who ran second at Happy Valley on Wednesday, Joyful Winner II, and this guy, they are probably in a similar situation,' he said. 'Both young, inexperienced horses so they might improve a little bit with racing. But I'm thinking that they will make their careers in Class Three and the bottom of Class Two. They'll pay their way, but it will get tough for them after a win or two.'
Though the afternoon held its disappointments for Moore and Beadman, the sole winner maintained to the trainer's championship tally to 42 and maintained a break of seven over Caspar Fownes and nine over Tony Cruz, who each scored a single on the day.