Owner's faith in Moore's judgment pays dividend Cornel Li Fook-kwan's trust in John Moore and decisiveness in the face of opportunity were the key ingredients behind the promising win of Able Too in yesterday's final event at Sha Tin. Li has been a key owner in the Moore stable, almost since the beginning of his tenure at Sha Tin 23 years ago, and rarely has there been a bond of trust as strong as between this owner and trainer. Of course, talk of trust is one thing, actively demonstrating it is something else entirely. But late last year, Li showed yet again that his trust in Moore was beyond dispute when he gave an instant 'yes' over the phone to the opportunity of buying Able Too. 'I was at Newbury when the horse had his first start last August and I was very impressed,' Moore recalled after Able Too had overpowered the strongly fancied Enthused and thereby denied John Size a treble. 'Here he was, a two-year-old having his first start, and he bullocked his way through a narrow gap in a big field to win well. I was right on the spot and had first crack at him. But with a promising horse like him, you have to act quickly or the Arabs will buy them. That's the great thing with Dr Li, he trusts me implicitly and when I called to suggest he buy this horse, he simply said, 'If you like him, go ahead'.' Moore may not have been aware at the time but 20 years earlier, in this very same Newbury maiden, the great Nashwan made his debut a winning one also. The following season, Nashwan won everything in England - the 2000 Guineas, the Derby, the Eclipse Stakes and the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Stakes. Able Too, under his former name Newly Elected, won for the new ownership at his second start at Doncaster the following month and was to have run again at the Middle Park Stakes meeting at Newmarket, but Moore chose not to after an unfavourable scope result, dispatching him straight to Hong Kong instead. When Able Too had his first Hong Kong attempt, he ran like the good horse he has now proved himself to be. He missed the start by a length, was three deep without cover but still ran second to Nightlign on March 24. The secondary story of the race was the pick-up ride for Zac Purton, who has done a lot of riding for the Moore yard but this was his breakthrough victory. And a small piece of history too as the trainer recorded his 1,001st winner. 'I trialled him when Darren [Beadman] was away, earlier in the season,' Purton said 'I liked him then and I like him a lot more now. He's got a good attitude, good tactical speed and bit of class. 'I'm just so pleased to finally ride a winner for John. It's taken a long time but obviously, with a stable-retained jockey, it's difficult for him to put me on a lot of winning chances.' Runner-up Enthused continued with his consistent run of form, but his honesty is being penalised and his tasks get progressively tougher. His last four runs, all placings, have resulted in six pounds of handicap increases and no doubt this effort will see a couple more added as well. Jockey Felix Coetzee was more concerned at his defeat on Enthused than his double for Size on board Deminer and Holi Ravioli. 'The race was only run a short while ago but already I've gone through it in my mind a dozen times,' he said. 'I'm not sure what I could have done differently, but I feel bad for the horse because he's a quality animal, he tries very hard and he's carrying big weights bravely. But today, he just managed to find one better.'