IVAN Allan is locked in a bitter war of words with John Moore, the man he is likely to deprive of a fourth trainer's title.
Moore went on record earlier this week to publicly accuse the absent Allan of poaching his stable staff, namely riding boy and former apprentice Robert Yeung.
Moore claimed: ''It's a question of poaching and I don't think it is right. There was also duress involved. I have spoken to the Security Department.'' The champion trainer went on to add that Yeung was only able to move to Allan on a technicality as his stables numbers had temporarily fallen to 49 horses while Allan, away at the Newmarket Sales in England, has 59 horses in his care.
Allan was livid when Moore's claims filtered through to Newmarket. In a rare public display of hostility between the two, Allan accused Moore of not knowing the difference between job satisfaction and poaching.
He was also quick to point out that it was just not riding boys who had left Moore recently; he also lost Darren Beadman, his stable jockey from last season.
Allan fumed: ''Maybe John Moore is confused over the difference between job satisfaction and poaching. Did Neville Begg poach his jockey Darren Beadman?'' Allan graduated in law from Singapore University before taking out a trainer's licence and the old lawyer's instinct is still very much alive.
He went on: ''If movement from one stable to another represents 'poaching' by Moore standards, then is he confessing that all the staff and horses that moved to his stables in recent years were 'poached' by him.'' The former multiple champion trainer of Malaysia and Singapore then claimed that Yeung submitted two letters to the Jockey Club requesting a transfer from Moore's stable.