Apart from everything else he has achieved as the most successful trainer in the Hong Kong racing game, John Moore can take a bow for almost single-handedly having saved the concept of the trainer syndicates. We say 'almost' because Paul O'Sullivan has also done well to get trainer syndicate horses Never Look Back and Legend Of Colour into the Derby the past two years and Derek Cruz can definitely take a bow for his selection of Kildare, who raced through the grades this season and ultimately became the first Group winner for the concept in January when he landed the Bauhinia Sprint Trophy. But before Collection became the new jewel in Hong Kong's racing crown with a sparkling exhibition to land the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby 10 days ago, the trainer syndicates had fallen well short of the original vision of Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges three years ago during his tenure as executive director of racing. Not that the concept was wrong, but the execution from the trainers has definitely fallen short. There have been 56 horses registered to trainer syndicates for a single Group One winner (Collection), a Group Three winner (Kildare) and five horses who have won at Class Two level (Champions Gallery, Iron Fist, Never Look Back, Quick Touch and United Efforts). Throw in a couple of promising horses like Legend Of Colour and Redragtoabull, who have won impressively at the top of Class Three and also contested the classics, and you have a total of nine horses - or 16 per cent of the trainer syndicate permits issued so far - that have measured up as the kind of horses the Jockey Club was trying to promote. Yesterday, the club announced some extra incentives that will reward those trainers who have used the trainer syndicate (TS) concept the right way. Previously, a licencee was eligible for one TS permit per year, with a ceiling of three such horses in the yard at one time. Now, those trainers who have a TS horse that has succeeded at Class Two level and above can have a fourth TS horse. That trainer can also have the privilege extended upon the retirement of any of his horses, so long as another horse in his current batch has won a race at Class Two level or better. Critics might say this will simply ensure the rich get richer, but a fairer view would be that it is rewarding superior performance and discouraging mediocrity. Moore has shown what can be achieved under the concept, which allows for a pooling of resources that can buy a horse that is probably out of reach for most buyers as individuals. It's also a platform through which to introduce new players to ownership, without giving the new chums 100 per cent exposure to one horse. But for most trainers, there is a bigger upside to be had if they take a leaf out of the Moore's book and simply play a better selection game.