John Moore's day finished as well as it had promised at the start, the only problem was the way that the five hours between races one and 10 panned out, and the leading trainer could only look on as race after race went by without the expected success. Able Speed corrected the trend with a pleasing maiden win at start 24 for visiting Australian jockey Damien Oliver, and Moore's runners in the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup also left the trainer with a smile, but it was the string of beaten favourites which soured the day and left Moore hanging one win behind Tony Cruz in the trainers' premiership. Sunny Fay, Ming Hoi Glory and Military Move were all unplaced after starting favourite and Moore wore a track to the stewards door to explain the disappointing performances throughout the afternoon. 'It wasn't how we'd hoped or expected the day to turn out, but all was not lost and, of all horses, Able Speed has managed to fly the stable flag for us,' Moore said. 'Able Speed just hits a real flat spot at the 400 metres, and I said to Damien before the race that he'd probably feel as if he was about to dog it and not put in at the end, and to just get stuck into him a bit. 'This horse always holds back 10 per cent, he has a lot of cunning in him and he will try to nurse himself. He got a start as an emergency in the race, and I was over the moon when I realised I could get Damien Oliver, a strong right-hand whip rider, on him. 'Able Speed got behind the gates without sweating up. He usually loses his marbles, but he got round there today and was very settled. I thought he had a chance after he paraded well, but he's not an easy ride and it took a strong ride for him to get there.' Moore could only watch in awe as the QE II Cup finish was fought out between rising stars Ambitious Dragon and California Memory, but the astute horseman used his local nouse to harvest more than HK$3 million in prize money with his minor placegetters. 'I'm sick of talking about the speed of the QE II Cup, it is always the same. It's always run at sections of 25, 25, 25, 24, 23, so you just have to accept that, and get on with making the most of it. 'It becomes a tactical thing and that's why our three horses, who have placed third fourth and fifth, were up handy and ready to give a kick. 'Viva Pataca ran a great race, Irian is still on-course for Singapore but the good run was Mighty High, and I will back him up to run in the Queen Mother Memorial Cup (2,400m) next week. 'Unfortunately he will probably get the top weight in that race because he's become such a consistent horse of late, and is one of our better stayers in the making.'