Military Attack

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

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

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

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

Singapore stages a show with Military precision

Military Attack, ridden by Zac Purton, at the Kranji racecourse. Photo: AP

There was much to take away from Kranji's big day on Sunday, where Hong Kong was triumphant but the Singapore Turf Club had much for which to take a bow.

22 May 2013 - 3:50am 1 comment

Simply magic as Hong Kong lands 1-2 blow in Singapore

Military Attack (Zac Purton) puts daylight between himself and the rest of the field in scoring a thoroughly convincing victory in the Singapore Airlines International Cup. Photo: Reuters

Lucky Nine's thrashing of the KrisFlyer Sprint field set the bar high for John Moore's bid for the Singapore Airlines International Cup, but he answered in stunning style with a Military Attack-Dan Excel quinella to finally get the monkey off his back.

20 May 2013 - 3:25am

John Moore hoping for that elusive overseas title

Dan Excel (front) and Military Attack head back the stables after their steady gallops. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Seventeen years ago, John Moore led in the winner of today's Sha Tin feature, the ATV Cup. Nothing particularly surprising about that except Makarpura Star's victory at his first start for five months was the end of the beginning of a personal quest for Moore that has led him to the Singapore Airlines International Cup tomorrow and an overseas feature victory so close he can taste it.

18 May 2013 - 4:20am

Moore plots Attack on Singapore

Fans, who enjoyed a thrilling spectacle, and John Moore greet Tommy Berry as he brings Military Attack back to the winner's circle at Sha Tin yesterday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Military Attack's transformation from big-finishing backmarker to tactical top-liner was completed in a fairy-tale moment for jockey Tommy Berry in the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup yesterday and John Moore has set his sights now on Singapore.

29 Apr 2013 - 4:05am

Tommy Berry wins QE II Cup just hours after arriving in Hong Kong

Tommy Berry salutes the crowd at Sha Tin after winning the QE II Cup on Military Attack on his first day in Hong Kong. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Sha Tin hosted an Audemars Piguet QE II Cup to treasure on a day that had a little of everything from Tommy Berry making history in the main event, to the dodgem carnage behind him, to a post-race barrage by Jockey Club chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges against anabolic steroids in racing.

29 Apr 2013 - 4:05am

First overseas trip has Berry's juices flowing

Tommy Berry leaves Australia for the first time today

Tommy Berry is a twin, but he does not do things by halves. For many young Australians a working holiday in their late teens or early 20s is a rite of passage. Rather than donning a backpack and trekking across Europe, 21-year-old Berry will ride a leading hope in a pressure-filled international Group One, in front of a big crowd at an unfamiliar racecourse, just hours after he steps foot on foreign soil for the first time in his life.

27 Apr 2013 - 4:53am

Purton dares, and Purton wins

Zac Purton takes Military Attack to the front from a wide gate and was never headed in the Premier Plate. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Zac Purton's ride on Military Attack to win the Premier Plate on Sunday showed Just how far he has come in Hong Kong and again showed up the malaise of slowly-run races which seems to have taken a complete hold.

27 Mar 2013 - 6:27am

Moore hails Purton's gem of a ride on Military Attack

Military Attack responds to Zac Purton in winning the Premier Plate for his second straight victory. Military Attack will now aim for next month's QE II Cup. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Zac Purton drew rare praise from trainer John Moore when he added a brilliant ride from a wide gate on Military Attack yesterday to a brilliant ride from an inside gate in the Gold Cup last time, and the result was identical in the Group Three Premier Plate (1,800m).

25 Mar 2013 - 4:32am

Determined Whyte cuts Purton's lead to one

Little Men and Douglas Whyte. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Douglas Whyte had to follow Zac Purton home in the afternoon's feature race but the Durban Demon was in winning form through the rest of the card, with a three-timer that closed the gap between the two at the head of the jockeys' championship to one win.

25 Feb 2013 - 4:13am

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