There have been international meetings of high expectation that ended for John Moore with little to show for it, but this was not one of them and Horse of the Year Designs On Rome put the seal on a magnificent day for him by snatching the HK$25 million Longines Hong Kong Cup from a horse he trained until this season.

Moore had a hard luck tale when Military Attack came home only fourth to Akeed Mofeed last year in the same race, but had the last laugh downing the six-year-old who had been transferred to rival Caspar Fownes for this campaign.

It may have lacked the Hollywood wow factor of stablemate Able Friend in the Mile one race earlier, but Designs On Rome (Joao Moreira) did what Designs On Rome does and that is to scrap and stay and bulldog the other horse out of the race - and in the end that was just enough to swear by.

Last season, it is what he did to Able Friend when he outstayed him at middle distances and he had downed Military Attack in the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup in similar fashion.

His owner has always been keen to take him to to race in Dubai and, hopefully, after this he has done enough now to earn himself an invitation to the Sheema Classic
John Moore

"They are two very different horses - one push button who sits and kicks hard and one you have to ride for the whole race," Moore said.

"Joao has got to know him better after that last ride and Tommy Berry has been sending advice and I've been relaying that to Joao.

"You have to stoke him up and get him going at the right time and I was thanking God we had Military Attack in front of him because this horse will never give up. He'll keep coming as long as he's got a target to run down. He peaked today and Joao got him right and we got the right result."

It was an uncharacteristically emotional Moreira, as he brought Designs On Rome back to scale before the big crowd - not merely smiling and waving, but roaring his thrill at completing a double Group One on the day and his eighth Group One win for 2014.

Overseas targets might be a touch uncertain for Able Friend now, but not so for last season's Derby winner.

"His owner has always been keen to take him to to race in Dubai and, hopefully, after this he has done enough now to earn himself an invitation to the Sheema Classic," Moore said.

"If the World Cup was still on Tapeta, I might have gone there, but I don't want to go to the dirt so the Sheema looks the better option."

Zac Purton narrowly failed to complete his set of the four international races with Military Attack, making his run in front of the winner and looking likely to hold him out until the dying strides.

"He had a nice run through the race and was brave at the finish, but it came down to a real fight and he just missed out," Purton said. "He didn't help himself when he ducked out late in the race - he's done that all three runs now this season and it's becoming a bad habit."

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