AT an age when most men are happy to put their feet up and watch the world go by, George Moore returns from a nine-year retirement to face the biggest challenge of his legendary life. As a new season begins today at Taipa, the 70-year-old Epsom Derby-winning jockey and iron-fisted ruler of Hong Kong racing for a decade, seeks to breathe meaningful life into the moribund Macau racing scene. It is a tough task but if anyone is up to it, then that man is George Moore whose life story has been one of unrivalled success as a jockey and then a trainer in France and Hong Kong. When the Macau Jockey Club lured Moore out of retirement on the Gold Coast in Australia it had all the earmarks of the last throw of the dice. Despite very considerable efforts, racing in Macau has remained a very poor relation to Hong Kong and none of the licensed personnel there over the almost five years of its existence has been close to Moore in stature. And the will to win burns as brightly as ever in the spry frame of the man whose association with jockey son Gary brought every conceivable race and honour in Hong Kong racing during the 1970s and early 1980s. As George officially begins a new career today, disqualified Gary - he's back in action in late January - will watch the 10-race programme from a nearby casino. By the time Gary makes his return, it's odds-on that George will have his string - 26 in training and a dozen more to arrive over the next two weeks - ready to provide him with a conveyor belt of winners. And how does he feel at making a return to the strains and stresses of racing as a septuagenarian? ''Great, never better. I have enjoyed it immensely so far although I have to admit it took the old brain a while to get ticking over again. I was away from it for nine years and that's quite a time,'' he said last night. ''I am very happy with the way it has gone, it's rather like Hong Kong when we first went there. All my mafoos have come from China with no previous experience, but they are being taught my way of doing things and they are learning fast,'' said Moore, a firm but fair taskmaster in his Hong Kong days. ''I want more horses, but most trainers would tell you that. I hope to have a full stable before the season ends and I want fresh blood. People will give me horses but you're not looking for Class Six animals or those with problems. ''But we're here to succeed and you can take it from me, I want to win as much as I ever did,'' stressed Moore. That's a statement that will surprise nobody who has known the man they call The Maestro. Daughter Michelle is his assistant trainer with son-in-law Peter Leyshan doing trackwork and riding duties. Says Michelle: ''I think it is coming along very well. Dad's in great form and we're doing it our way. ''In some ways it is like old times. Nowadays Hong Kong is very international, but in Macau we are rather like Hong Kong was when we all first went there.'' George and his old sparring partner Mick Dittman combine with the trainer's first Macau runner in Gold Forex Win, a maiden who has already blossomed under his care. But she will be grossly under the odds going on her record which boasts nothing resembling a win. However, Gold Forex Win can win - as can Sana Regret in the final event. ''I have chances with those two and more on Sunday, so we're hoping to get off on the right foot,'' said George, always the punters' pal during his Hong Kong heyday. Best bet on the opening day card could be first-time blinkered Honestfit Bobo who has been working the place down and is poised to win the fourth event. His task had been made easier by the withdrawal of the Dittman-ridden Really Sharp.