Moore and Prebble prove they are a Supreme pair
John Moore deflected all the praise to Brett Prebble, with whom he shared a double, for his strong-arm ride on his first winner and lamented a Mercedes-Benz Derby that came too soon for his other.
Moore said Prebble's use of the whip was key to Supreme Knight's victory, with the under-done four-year-old needing some extra motivation down the stretch.
'That was all about Brett and it was about the persuader,' he said. 'He got a gun run in behind, but it was just a matter of when, in that last little bit, whether he was going to bottom out or not, but Brett got everything out of him.
'The horse has not reached his peak yet, there's further improvement to come, especially fitness-wise, then he'll go to the mile, which I think is more ideal.'
Prebble described the effort to carry top-weight as 'tough' and said the slight gelding could be better off when he jumps into Class Two next start.
'I thought he was going to win more easily than he did in the end. But he had to give away weight to second and third and it was a tough effort under circumstances. He might be a horse who will be better for a rise in class and a lighter weight because he isn't a robust sort and he's a bit of a nerve nut.'
Packing Whiz was a rare Italian purchase by Moore, the Premio Parioli-Italian Two Thousand Guineas one of four wins from eight starts as a two and three-year-old.
The four-year-old has now won back-to-back races, but never got the ratings points to make it to what was meant to be his 2,000m grand final last month.
'It is probably a shame he didn't make the Derby but now the plan is just to work him up the ratings and he looks to have some upside,' Moore said.
Prebble went against instructions to settle closer on Packing Whiz last start, a tactical move that paid off, but resulted in the horse overracing a touch.
This time Prebble was more patient and got the desired result with a strong closing burst.
'He settled good today but I was very negative from jump this time,' said Prebble, who believed the horse was not ready for a race like next week's Queen Mother Memorial Cup, despite his good form.
'I don't think it would be the right stepping stone for him at this stage. He'd pull and it could set him back. But he gives me a very good feel, like there's a nice race in him and I like him, he's a bit of a character,' he said.
Prebble was handed two-meeting suspension and HK$80,000 fine for his ride on Diligent III in race five , while Jeff Lloyd was given three days for careless riding on Ho Wongchoy in the last.
The amazing winning strike rate for John Moore and Brett Prebble, who have combined only 19 times this term