I'll be using Brett more, confirms trainer
Reigning champion John Moore was back in form with a four-timer at Sha Tin that might have heralded a stronger bond between the trainer and leading jockey Brett Prebble.
In the absence of injured Darren Beadman, Moore is keen to connect with a top pilot for his star-studded team and Prebble - who landed a brace on Admiration and Packing Whiz for Moore - has been just as keen.
'Brett has been texting me asking 'can I help out?' so I said to him that we should discuss it,' Moore (pictured) said, even after Prebble admitted to riding a poor race to win the final event.
'He came in and said it wasn't a great ride and I said to him 'well, we got the right result anyway, be happy'. There's no doubt I'll be using Brett more when he's available - I need a strong jockey and there is no-one stronger rider in Hong Kong right now.'
Prebble said his error had been in riding Packing Whiz handier than might have been expected.
'I rode him against his pattern because I didn't think it was a race he could get too far back and win. He's so quiet when you ride him in the mornings that I felt I'd be able to squeeze him early and still get him to relax - I was wrong,' Prebble said. 'It backfired and he pulled and revved the engine for a good 800m, so to do that and still win in a dogfight down the straight shows he has a bit of class.'
A first win for Packing Whiz added the cream to a day that had already seen Moore unveil a promising young sprinter in Sea Diamond (Tim Clark), take the main feature with Admiration, then broke the local maiden status of overdue gelding Elegance Klammer (Matthew Chadwick).
'Elegance Klammer ran second to Frankel as a two-year-old so he came here with wraps on him but he's an Exceed And Excel and they don't train on - he had a fairly arduous juvenile campaign and it looks like he might have left his best in England,' Moore said.
'The key today was Matthew getting him right to the outside. Darren always said that this horse hated going between horses and wouldn't put in but, with clear room, today he finished it off well.'
Sea Diamond was having his first day at the races and it showed in the fourth but he also has plenty of talent.
'The draw always looked tricky and he had to cover some ground but he has shown-above average talent at the trials,' said Clark. 'He is very raw and he's going to come on an awful lot for that. Mentally, he's just a kid, and he was green as he got tired down the running. Still, what I did like was that he switched off and relaxed when I asked him.'