John Moore

Military Attack to run in Dubai World Cup while Blazing Speed heads to Duty Free

Military Attack will now join Akeed Mofeed in the world's richest race, the Dubai World Cup, on March 29. It will be the first time Hong Kong will have two runners in the race. Photo: Kenneth Chan

For the first time, Hong Kong will boast two runners in the the world's richest race after organisers acceded to a request from trainer John Moore to switch races and tackle the US$10 million Dubai World Cup on March 29 with Horse Of The Year Military Attack.

Tuesday, 4 March, 2014, 1:03pm

Judge Gideon on his terrific second performance

Medic Kingdom (Karis Teetan) wins, but Gideon (Zac Purton) made good ground on the inside. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Paul O'Sullivan has already notched his benchmark wins for the campaign but his season is a long way from over with promising Gideon putting himself up as a horse to follow after getting his act together quickly.

3 Mar 2014 - 8:18pm

Lifeline a Super chance for Hong Kong as our horses take on Macau's best

Super Lifeline (Karis Teetan) gets the better of Dundonnell (Eddy Lai Wai-ming) to win the Chinese New Year Challenge Cup last start. He meets a number of the same rivals today. Photos: Kenneth Chan

The local horses have generally had the wood on the visitors in a decade of the $2 million Hong Kong Macau Trophy (1,400m) and rarely has there been a horse looking as well suited to the event as Super Lifeline.

28 Feb 2014 - 8:46pm

It's not the Smithsonian, but a couple of additions and the Hong Kong Racing Museum would be a sure-fire winner

The body of River Verdon, who is still the only winner of the Hong Kong Triple Crown, is one of the prized displays at the Hong Kong Racing Museum. Photo: SCMP

A trip to the Hong Kong Racing Museum is a sure-fire way to shake off that pesky mid-season cynicism and fall in love with the sport all over again, but we can’t help but think this tribute to the Sport of Kings could be even better with a couple of key additions.

25 Feb 2014 - 2:54pm

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.

24 Feb 2014 - 10:45am

Moore adds Kabayan to his long list of Derby hopefuls

Kabayan (Joao Moreira) holds off the late burst of President Lincoln (Matthew Chadwick), with Beauty Flame (Mirco Demuro) holding on to third. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Merely 35 minutes after John Moore seemingly cemented his grip on the Hong Kong Derby, he unveiled a sixth potential candidate for the four-year-old classic in Class Two winner Kabayan.

16 Feb 2014 - 10:11pm

Classic victory for Designs on Rome as favourite Able Friend upstaged

Tommy Berry celebrates his victory on Designs on Rome in the Classic Cup, with stablemate Able Friend (Joao Moreira) a vanquished favourite. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Another odds-on chance bit the dust in the Hong Kong Classic Cup (1,800m) as Designs On Rome leapfrogged Able Friend to become the new Derby favourite.

16 Feb 2014 - 10:40pm

Friend appears more than Able of avoiding favourites hoodoo in Classic Cup

Able Friend (Joao Moreira, left) holds off the late rush of stablemate Designs on Rome (Tommy Berry, right) to win the Classic Mile. They clash again in the Classic Cup. Photo: Kenneth Chan

The Group One Hong Kong Classic Cup (1,800m) has almost been synonymous with upset results since its inception but that won't stop punters descending on the logical favourite, Able Friend.

16 Feb 2014 - 8:40am

Life's great mysteries - and why Zac doesn't ride for Size, Cruz, and now Moore

A sight unlikely to be seen again any time soon – Zac Purton and John Moore at trackwork earlier this season. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Take the mysteries of Stonehenge, the Bermuda Triangle, the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot combined and you don’t come close to the head-scratcher that is leading jockey Zac Purton essentially not riding for the three major stables in town.

14 Feb 2014 - 9:31am 2 comments

Who has dominated the first half of the racing season?

Dominant's Hong Kong Vase win is one memorable moment from the first half of the season. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Saturday at Sha Tin marks the halfway point of the season, but it already feels as though there have been enough highlights to fill up two seasons. Let’s go through the best rides, training efforts and individual horse performances of the first half of this term.

7 Feb 2014 - 9:45am

Although different is style, Moore and Size standard setters in their own unique ways

The two Johns: Moore (left) and Size (right).  Photos: Kenneth Chan

The changes to compulsory retirement for trainers aged 65 and up – which has been dubbed by some, perhaps unfairly – “the John Moore rule”, delivers Hong Kong racing far more than just five more years of safari suits, Class One cup winners and media-friendly post-race interviews.

27 Jun 2013 - 7:32pm

Treble has Moore closing in on HK$100m landmark

Tommy Berry wins another Group event after Sterling City showed a powerful burst to win the Premier Cup. The gelding stamped himself as next term's star. Photo: Kenneth Chan

The season's leading money trainer again, John Moore closed in on the magical HK$100 million mark after a three-timer at Sha Tin that included a Group Three Premier Cup for Sterling City and a conundrum for the future.

17 Jun 2013 - 4:35am

Trainers praise Berry's brace, if not his horses

Tommy Berry shows good tactics to take race nine on My Favorite. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Tommy Berry had gate one to assist him in both his wins yesterday, but the young Australian impressed with his tactical nous again, discarding the fence on promising My Favorite to ensure the Caspar Fownes-trained three-year-old made it two wins from three starts.

13 Feb 2014 - 10:31am

An Able Friend for John Moore

John Moore admires Able Friend after the gelding's solid debut victory. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Fans got another good look at the future yesterday and perhaps even an early view of a 2014 Hong Kong Derby contender when the John Moore-trained three-year-old Able Friend produced one of the most impressive debut performances of the season, despite having had acclimatisation issues.

9 Jun 2013 - 5:39am

Time After Time won't go to Ascot

TIME AFTER TIME gallop on the turf at Sha Tin.

Trainer John Moore liked what he saw from Time After Time on Sunday, despite his defeat in the Sha Tin Vase, but the five-year-old's ownership syndicate apparently did not and a tilt at Royal Ascot has been abandoned.

28 May 2013 - 3:26am