While the winners have not altogether been scarce for John Moore this season, a change of home base hasn't helped him open up his shoulders and land a three-timer, but he turned that around yesterday.
Promising newcomer Flagship Shine (Neil Callan), overdue four-year-old Same World (Weichong Marwing) and impressive Flash Knight (Gerald Mosse) provided the turnaround, with the yard having had only four winners in five weeks since Moore was forced to move stables due to reconstruction work in the main Sha Tin training block.
"That's a change of luck, too, as we've had a few seconds, but there have been setbacks to the routine with the change of stables in November," Moore said.
"We're starting to kick along again now and we've produced a nice new, young horse today in Flagship Shine and he's just the start. In the next few weeks, we'll be bringing out some other new horses including some of the big guns for the season."
Moore not only won a treble but he won The Treble, the last three races, and that was reflected in the niggardly 94-1 Treble dividend for Moore's winners, which would have returned 248-1 for an all-up bet on the three horses.
Flagship Shine had trialled well enough, but was hardly well handicapped in Class Three as a maiden, placed third in a Melbourne juvenile race in June at his only start, but his win came as no surprise to the stable.
"John Hawkes sent him up and said he's the best he's sent up here for a while," said Moore. "We actually bought him as a potential smart dirt horse, with the dream of maybe going to Dubai with him for races on the Tapeta. He's got Dixieland Band blood and that was what caught our eye.
"Many years ago, the American jockey Declan Murphy was riding here and told me what a great horse Dixieland Band was, so I tried to find one and the one I found was called Survey Star. He showed a lot of promise, then one day he took a huge jump in the swimming pool area, smashed his head on a wall and was dead on the spot in a freak accident."
Callan said he was impressed by the huge stride on Flagship Shine, who "was taking one and half strides to their one".
"He's a lovely big horse, good-moving horse, had no racing and he's won that 1,200m today off just one trial," he said. "I think when he gets to a mile later, he's going to have a terrific turn of foot."
And if Flagship Shine was untapped and promising, the slightly more "tapped" Flash Knight left Mosse and Moore just as keen on his future as he put paid to a smart field at his ninth start in one of yesterday's few well-run races.
Tongue in cheek, Moore said it was a shame that Flash Knight would be a year too old for the Classic Mile next month.
"I'm in Andy Leung [Ting-wah]'s old boxes, maybe I can take a leaf out of his book and get Flash Knight's birthday changed, as he turns five on January 1," Moore said.
"My only Classic Mile runner will be Sea Diamond who finished fifth behind Flash Knight today, but he had a wide draw and had to come around the field, unlike the winner, who got a perfect run through nearer the inside. I wasn't too disappointed with Sea Diamond's run, he just knocked up the last bit."