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  • Dec 21, 2014
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Hong Kong Gold Cup

Military prepares for Dubai attack after impressive Gold Cup win

A jubilant Joao Moreira parades Military Attack in front of the Sha Tin crowd as the reigning Horse of the Year heads back to the winner's circle. Photos: Kenneth Chan

John Moore was chasing a Dubai World Cup start for Military Attack and Akeed Mofeed was left chasing shadows as the match race of the season fizzed into a non-event in the Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup (2,000m) on Sunday.

Monday, 24 February, 2014, 10:45am

Momentum on Akeed Mofeed's side and gives him the edge against Military Attack

Akeed Mofeed (Douglas Whyte) holds off Ashkiyr and Same World to win the Centenary Vase. He meets both those runners on level weights after giving them weight last start. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Akeed Mofeed is the horse with the momentum and that looks the only thing that gives him an edge on Military Attack in a fascinating Group One Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup (2,000m) at Sha Tin.

23 Feb 2014 - 10:18am

Moore could plot Attack on Dubai

Zac Purton celebrates as he crosses the line on Military Attack after a dream run that saw the gelding unleash his lethal turn of foot in the home straight to claim the Gold Cup. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Zac Purton grabbed a rare opportunity for the John Moore yard to claim his first Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup yesterday and break the trainer's Group One drought for the season with Military Attack.

25 Feb 2013 - 4:13am

Size is a realist over Fay Fay's chances

Fay Fay and trainer John Size (right). Photo: Kenneth Chan

Champion trainer John Size has dipped his toe back in the Group One pond over the past year after a drought, but even his stunning upset with It Has To Be You has failed to ignite any serious optimism about Fay Fay's prospects in the HK$8 million Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup on Sunday.

22 Feb 2013 - 4:45am

Trainer Moore hoping his big guns start firing on all cylinders

John Moore

It hasn't been due to a lack of numbers, but John Moore is yet to win a Group One race this season, something the big-race specialist will attempt to put right when he saddles more than half the field for this weekend's Hong Kong Gold Cup.

20 Feb 2013 - 4:37am

Injury curbs Ambitious Dragon's Gold Cup goal

Ambitious Dragon heads back to the stable. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Trainer Tony Millard said he believed the injury to the horse's right hind leg had occurred when rival Packing Whiz (Brett Prebble) came out on the point of the home turn in the race and made contact with Ambitious Dragon.

9 Feb 2013 - 3:51am

Dragon to launch desert assault

The three Gold Cup principals will form Hong Kong's most powerful assault on a major overseas race in the US$5 million Dubai Duty Free in four weeks, following the decision by Ambitious Dragon's connections to tackle the race.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

What's Dragon's next big move?

There was nothing indecisive about Ambitious Dragon's Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup victory yesterday until it reached the post-race press conference stage, where trainer Tony Millard appeared paralysed by the range of choices available to the reigning Horse of the Year and a trip to Dubai next month still remains a question mark.

27 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Lucky Nine ready for his next Group assignment

Caspar Fownes rounded out Hong Kong Sprint winner Lucky Nine's preparation for next Sunday's Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup (1,400m) with a imposing 1,200m all-weather track trial win, with stablemate Let Me Handle It motoring home in second.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Moore's worth his eight in Gold

The HK$8 million Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup has been one of the flagship events of John Moore's long and successful training career.

But even getting his wish list at the barrier draw yesterday has not emboldened him to declare for an eighth win in the race. Moore has seven gold Cup trophies, stretching back to Wing Ho in 1987.

24 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Bringing in a pinch hitter has its restrictions

While on John Moore, the trainer did seek to import a jockey for this weekend's HK$8 million Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup when Darren Beadman was injured last week, and has been told it isn't allowed under the Jockey Club's policy.

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Beadman's return still uncertain

Darren Beadman will not ride at the Hong Kong Gold Cup meeting on Sunday and the date of his return is uncertain after the leading jockey checked himself back into hospital.

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Beadman fractures cheek in fall

Champion trainer John Moore sent an SOS to leading Melbourne jockey Damien Oliver yesterday after stable rider Darren Beadman fractured his cheekbone in a fall at Sha Tin, ruling him out of tomorrow's HK$6 million Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Classic Cup.

18 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Beadman picks up-and-comer in Classic Cup

Darren Beadman is banking on the upside of underexposed colt Dan Excel, choosing to ride the lowest-rated of the five runners John Moore has engaged in Sunday's Group One Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Classic Cup (1,800m) at Sha Tin.

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Now comes the tough part for Packing Ok

The John Moore-trained Packing Ok lived up to his early promise yesterday with a breakthrough Group Three win in the Centenary Vase (1,800m), but his trainer fears the hard work will begin now.

12 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

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