Trainer John Moore opened his Group 1 book thanks to a pair of wins at Kranji Racecourse in Singapore. Geoffrey Riddle reports.
Horse racing: Trainer opens Group 1 book with a brace
John Moore recorded his first international Group 1 success in style when he saddled the first two home in the International Cup at Kranji Racecourse in Singapore on sunday.
Zac Purton partnered Military Attack to a three-and-a-quarter-length victory over stablemate Dan Excel, with trainer Michael Freedman the best of the home defence when Mawingo took third only a head behind.
Godolphin's Hunter's Light was sixth in the 2,000m contest, while Red Cadeaux, the Dubai World Cup runner-up, was eighth, ahead of Doug Watson's Meandre.
"This was an emphatic win," Moore said. "Purton gave him the best ride you'd ever see and I've finally got that monkey off my back. I'm absolutely ecstatic."
Moore is a regular visitor to Dubai, but has returned to Hong Kong for the past four years with little to show for his raids.
Viva Petaca provided him with his best result in the UAE when running second in the 2008 Dubai Sheema Classic.
Moore's triumph made it a sweep for Hong Kong as 50 minutes beforehand, Caspar Fownes's Lucky Nine turned the International Sprint into a procession by beating Australia's Bel Sprinter by three lengths under Brett Pebble.
Freedman was again on the podium when Super Easy took third, while Dubai Golden Shaheen runner-up Balmont Mast held off Mike De Kock's Kavanagh by a neck for fourth.
It was a second win for Fownes in the 1,200m event, having saddled Green Birdie in 2010, and a fifth Group One victory for Lucky Nine, who was third to Krypton Factor in the 2012 Dubai Golden Shaheen.
Lucky Nine could kick on to Royal Ascot, where he holds an entry in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes next month, but Fownes seemed intent on racing in Australia.
"The Aussies are so passionate about their racing and I want to be part of it one of these days," he said.
In Europe, Godolphin will run Tawhid in the Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen, the German 2,000 Guineas on Monday at Cologne.
With Silvestre De Sousa returning from Singapore, Mickael Barzalona will take the ride in an effort to add to Godolphin's wins in the race with Pacino in 2000 and Frozen Power three years ago.
Law Enforcement, who was fifth in the UAE Derby in March, will also line up in the Group 2 contest, staged over a mile.
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