Trainer tastes revenge after losing star to rival stable It may have taken seven years and John Moore isn't the first person to discover that justice is rarely swift. But the Australian trainer feels it was finally served yesterday when his tungsten-tough, three-year-old Stay Young was able to claim the Group Three Sha Tin Mile Trophy from champion Electronic Unicorn. Moore selected and purchased Electronic Unicorn for owner Lo Ying-bin at the 1997 Keeneland September Yearling Sale in Lexington, Kentucky, but the great gelding was shifted by Lo to the stables of Ricky Yiu Poon-fie before he'd ever raced. If Moore's pain has eased at all with the passing of time, it's only been marginal. 'It hasn't been easy over these years, having bought Electronic Unicorn as a yearling and then watching him win race after race, and almost $34 million in prizemoney, but today was our day,' Moore said proudly. 'I went back home after the race, poured myself a whisky and repeated to myself, 'I've just beaten Electronic Unicorn'. I can't believe it.' The Sha Tin Mile Trophy is a unique race, a $2.3 million event for horses that haven't won a Group One race over the previous 12 months. And that's why Electronic Unicorn was eligible, because he was off most of the year with injury. 'Stay Young received a weight allowance for being a three-year-old and Electronic Unicorn had a seven-pound penalty for his great record, so we ended up receiving 15 pounds from him,' Moore continued. 'The other factor in his favour today was the stronger pace, set by Saturn. That's what made it for our fellow because he really enjoys a strongly-run race. 'Douglas [Whyte] has done his part with a beautiful ride and there you have it - we've beaten the great Electronic Unicorn in a Group race over his pet distance.' The bare stats of the race were that Stay Young ($71.50) defeated Electronic Unicorn ($14 favourite) by a neck, with playmaker Saturn (Patrick Payne) three-quarters of a length away third after looking a serious threat at the 200 metres. The winner's time for the metric mile was one minute and 34.9 seconds. Two runs back, Stay Young finished third to upset winner Figures, with Super Kid splitting the pair, in the Group One Champions Mile (May 1) and it was on the strength of that performance, in particular, that he was so well backed yesterday. 'That was a very good run but I thought there were excuses for him last start because he wasn't suited by the slow pace,' Moore continued. 'The thing I particularly like about this horse is his toughness. He doesn't have a particularly flash pedigree but he's a good type and a performance horse. When I bought him last year, I thought he had guts, and I was 100 per cent right.' Whyte, racking up winner 102 for the season, paid Star Young a huge compliment for what he called a rare brand of courage. 'He has improved 10 lengths since the first time I rode him,' Whyte said. 'John's done a terrific job with this horse - he really squeezed him in his work, probably for the first time this week. He said to me, 'We're up against a tough one in Electronic Unicorn so let's see just how tough this guy is'. 'Well, he's tough as nails. I didn't ever want to take Saturn on in the race because he was setting a good speed so I just trailed along behind him and always felt I was going to beat Saturn. But knowing that Electronic Unicorn was going to come with a rush, I held up, half waiting for him, trying to save a bit for when he appeared. 'But when he did come, he didn't come as fast as I expected. Stay Young kept on lengthening, every stride he was trying a little bit harder, and it's one of the biggest runs from a horse I've been on this season.' Robbie Fradd was disappointed Electronic Unicorn had been beaten but laid the blame for the champion's defeat squarely with the condition of the track. 'How can they be running Group races on the C+3 track?' Fradd asked. 'The track is wearing very thin and it's like galloping on sand. I still believe that if the track was in better condition, he'd have won again. It's very disappointing.' Caspar Fownes was delighted at Saturn's Group placing at his first run for the yard, since transferring from Ivan Allan's care several weeks ago. 'The plan wasn't to go out that quickly, but Paddy said that when he tried to steady him, he felt like he was going to over-race so he compromised and went a little faster than intended, but not as fast as the horse wanted to go,' Fownes explained. 'I'm thrilled with the run and I believe next season, when he's fully acclimatised, Saturn will settle even better and he'll be a very nice horse for the stable. Maybe a topliner.'