Champion trainer John Moore hopes Not Listenin'tome will be heard in international trial
Australian believes there is room for a big sprint prospect and he thinks his charge has the pedigree to fill the void, but first he has to prove he can get to the line
Champion trainer John Moore believes the local sprinting stocks are down going towards next month's Longines Hong Kong Sprint, but hopes Not Listenin'tome can be the one to fill the void by winning Saturday's international trial.
"There really is room for a nice sprinting prospect here at the moment and I'm keeping my eyes open to buy the right young sprinter," Moore said yesterday.
"In the short term, I hope we can see the best of Not Listenin'tome on the weekend and he can make his case for the international next month. I admit the jury is still out on whether he's our next big sprinter, but there was a lot to like about his convincing win first-up this season and then he had real excuses behind Able Friend last time."
Not Listenin'tome was caught wide from an awkward draw in the Premier Bowl and Moore is hoping for a better draw, so Not Listenin'tome can take a stalking run to see him at his best.
"I'd love to see him smothered up and really get to use the turn of foot we know he has - that didn't happen in the Premier Bowl and he still finished sixth.
"I like to think he can win this and be competitive on December 13, but to maintain my confidence I really want to see him one, two or three on Saturday.
"Then I'd be quite positive about the Hong Kong Sprint because I think there's a bit of spit and polish I can apply between now and the internationals and just extract a little more fitness for the big one.
"He is doing so well now, just thriving and happy, and I have to keep an eye on him to ensure he doesn't get away on me. That's why I think there's that little extra fitness to come after Saturday."
Moore also has his 2013 winner of the traditional international lead-up engaged, Charles The Great, and likewise wants a better draw for him.
"Chad Schofield didn't do anything wrong on him last time, but we know that Charles The Great is always dictated to by the draw and, from the outside, was too far back. He was the second-best finisher in the race behind Able Friend, so there wasn't much wrong with the run," Moore said.
"When he won this race he was able to get a spot three back on the rail and I'd love to see him somewhere like that instead of being right out the back. For that, he probably needs to draw a good gate."