Cathay Pacific

At the end of the day, it's the Club's rules

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 September, 2011, 12:00am

The Jockey Club is handling a curly situation well with comeback sprinter Happy Zero, who remains on John Moore's stable list, despite being under the official care of John Hawkes & Sons in Australia.

As a result, each run for the Hawkes team requires owner David Boehm to ask permission from the Jockey Club for the horse to participate, and, if Happy Zero comes here for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint, we will have the unique situation of a visiting horse who is also on a local trainer's list.

As Moore (pictured) pointed out, there is precedent for the transfer to his yard after the international, even as an older horse. (Macau sprinter Natural Blitz was a relatively early four-year-old when he was switched to Hong Kong after running third in the Hong Kong Sprint). Daliapour was days from his fifth birthday in 2000 when he won the Vase for Sir Michael Stoute and was then moved to Ivan Allan.

When all is said and done, the club is taking the right approach with the best interests of Hong Kong racing in mind at a time when top sprinters are not thick on the ground - and there is always that rule one, that says the club makes the rules.