In more than two decades at the top of Hong Kong racing since he took over the stable of his legendary father, George, John Moore has been there, done that, and bought the T-shirt for almost every achievement possible. Multiple trainers' championships, international events, Derbies and Group Ones galore and, most recently, his 1,000th Hong Kong winner when Master Gunner shot to the line at Happy Valley on March19. Moore had been stuck in the 'nervous 990s' for months waiting for number 1,000 to drop, but once established it's a figure that will wait for some time before it is passed again. Moore lives for the big occasions, the majors, and for a horse like last year's Audemars Piguet QEII winner, Viva Pataca, who only failed by one placing last month to give Moore one of the few dreams he has yet to make reality - a Group One victory on foreign soil. Viva Pataca had to settle for second to Sun Classique in the Dubai Sheema Classic, the world's joint-richest race, but horse and trainer came away with their heads held high and ready to tackle the world again tomorrow on their home ground. 'I think had he drawn a better barrier, he would have given Sun Classique a real race, but he was forced to give her too much start into the straight,' explained Moore. 'But he ran very, very well and his progress since he flew back has been terrific. He lost about 20 pounds on the flight, but as soon as he got back into his familiar environment at Sha Tin, he has thrived and put it back on. 'He will be close to his last winning weight when he runs [tomorrow] and everything about him seems very well. It takes plenty out of horses going overseas to race, so I have told his owner, Stanley Ho Hung-sun that he may not be absolutely 100per cent at his top - but I'm still expecting him to run very well again.' As the reigning QEII champion, Viva Pataca can join Nazakat and Japan's Eishin Preston as the only horses to have won the race twice - though in fairness, Nazakat was winning a mere domestic race in the days long before the international competition began. 'I think despite all that he's done, Viva Pataca hasn't received the kudos he deserves - perhaps only an offshore Group One will get him that but domestically he has been almost unbeatable,' Moore said. Five Group Ones on home turf is Viva Pataca's impressive record, but it may have been even more impressive but for some pilot error that cost him wins in another Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup and last December's international Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup. The question of kudos came to a head almost a year ago when Vengeance Of Rain returned from winning in Dubai to be roundly trounced twice by Viva Pataca, and then still got the nod over him for Horse Of The Year honours. A second AP QEII and possibly a third straight Citi Champions And Chater Cup next start would go a long way to ensuring that accolade this season. 'I suppose it would come down to whether Good Ba Ba was able to win the Yasuda Kinen in Japan - it seems to depend on the overseas win. We ran second in Dubai, so Good Ba Ba has to do better than that in Japan to outdo Viva Pataca,' Moore said. 'But I know he is the best horse regardless of whether he wins Horse Of The Year. I have long queried the rationale in these votes, ever since my dad had a horse called Silver Lining who won just about everything here but was beaten once in the season by Top Gain, and somehow Top Gain got Horse Of The Year as a result.' What lies beyond the AP QEII is the next assault by Moore and Ho on Australia's championship race, the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in Melbourne. 'I would dearly love to win it. This is the horse who can do it and we were very unlucky at the end of last year when the equine influenza in Australia forced us to abort the trip,' Moore said. 'But if Viva Pataca is performing in the AP QEII and the Citi Champions And Chater Cup - his final runs for the season - I'll be going back to Dr Ho with a Cox Plate plan for his approval.' AP QEII Cup day 2007 was certainly one for Moore to recall fondly, as not only did he win the AP QEII for the first time, but also his first Group One Champions Mile, with Able One in an upset. 'You never get tired of winning big races. I think the only ones I have still to win are a couple of the December international races, though I have won a Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup, but last year's AP QEII Cup day was very memorable,' he smiled. 'Able One certainly wasn't expected to win, by me or anyone else, but it just came down to a brilliant ride from Mick Kinane in front. The other jockeys were asleep and let him get away with murder.' Along with the horse Moore calls 'Mr Consistency', Joyful Winner, Able One comes back to the Champions Mile again tomorrow and may well be even longer in the betting than his 32-1 winning odds last year, having not run since January. 'He's coming back from stress fractures in a foreleg, but the break has done him the world of good and I'm actually very happy with how he's coming into this race,' Moore explained. 'The speed was the key for him last year and maybe it will be again, but we'll wait to see the draw and the likely tempo of the race and work on a plan from there.'