Moore's dreams riding on Mighty High
Mighty High is ready to give John Moore one of his best chances to realise the dream of winning a foreign Group One in the A$2.5 million (HK$21 million) Caulfield Cup in Melbourne and the trainer admits that achieving the goal today would make it even sweeter.
Moore's best chance to win a major overseas was Viva Pataca's second placing as favourite in the Dubai Sheema Classic - one of his three second placings at Group One level on foreign soil - but Mighty High has plenty of support as one of the main dangers to hot favourite December Draw today at Caulfield.
'It is one of my dreams to win a Group One overseas and it couldn't be better than to win in Australia,' said Moore yesterday.
Moore's father, the legendary George Moore, is widely regarded as the best jockey produced in Australia, but the Caulfield Cup was one of the few big events he failed to claim, and is likewise missing from jockey Darren Beadman's career record.
'It would be a good one to tick off the bucket list for everyone concerned and I can't be happier going in - we've done everything we can and I think we're a great chance of winning,' Moore said. 'Mighty High has already been to Caulfield twice, so he is familiar with the track, is fit enough and the 2,400m suits, and I'm not worried about gate one being any statistical disadvantage. The main thing is that Darren can angle the horse out so he isn't trapped in against the rail.'
Moore said rain was forecast for Melbourne today, but not until later in the afternoon so it may not play a role in the Cup.
Closer to home, the stipendiary stewards yesterday breath-tested jockeys and work riders during the trackwork at Sha Tin for the first time.
Seven work riders and six jockeys were breath-tested and urine testing of work riders at trackwork is due to begin soon. Jockeys have been urine tested at the track for some time.
'The commencement of breath testing is the first phase of drug and alcohol testing of trackwork riders, with urine testing to start in the immediate future,' said chief steward Kim Kelly. 'Together with the testing of jockeys for prohibited substances, the testing of trackwork riders continues the club's commitment to providing a safe environment.'