Moore eager to set the record straight in Dubai Golden Shaheen

Dubai, UAE, March 22, 2011 - Hong Kong trainer John Moore feels he can finally correct the one omission to his glittering CV when he fields Dim Sum and Sunny King in the Dubai Golden Shaheen sponsored by Gulf News on Saturday evening.

Already the most successful trainer in the history of Hong Kong racing where has won five premierships and routinely outstrips his rivals in terms of prize-money earned thanks to a steady stream of winners at the highest level, it is somewhat anomalous that Moore has yet to register a Group One victory beyond his Sha Tin base.

It is no secret that he harbours a particular desire to land a major title in his homeland of Australia where his father, the legendary Hall of Fame jockey and trainer George dominated for decades, but Moore has also come close to winning a Group One on Dubai World Cup night.

Viva Pataca, the best he has trained, ran second in the Dubai Sheema Classic in 2008 and One World finished third in the Dubai Golden Shaheen a year ago.

“It’s a monkey that I really need to get off my back. I’ve had several runners run very well overseas without winning and it’s something that I feel I am going to achieve sooner or later. I would love if it was in Dubai this weekend,” he says.

If Moore is to realize his ambition, it would be ironic that it comes via either of two horses that he would not have considered contenders for the honour at the turn of the year.

Seven-year-old Dim Sum and eight-year-old Sunny King, both imported to Hong Kong from Britain in 2006, have discovered a new lease of life in recent months and are racing in career-best form.

Dim Sum won the important Chairman’s Sprint Prize for the second time early in February, while Sunny King has seriously tested Beauty Flash, Hong Kong’s fancied runner in the Dubai Duty Free, in his latest two Group One assignments.

“I can’t really explain how or why they have reached such a level of form at their age. Dim Sum seemed out of sorts last season and the only thing I did was to move him to a different stable in the barn. He is now beside Viva Pataca, so maybe some of the champ’s old magic has rubbed off on him!

“As for Sunny King, he has always been very consistent but has somehow upped his game recently. He should be well suited to the Tapeta surface because he won four times on the polytrack at Lingfield, a left-handed track like Meydan, including a Listed race over 1400m before we bought him to race in Hong Kong.”

Prospects for Moore’s duo have not been harmed by drawing low-to-middle post positions and the likely very strong pace should also aid their cause, particularly Sunny King who is highly proven at up to a mile.

Moore also confirmed that his retained jockey Darren Beadman will be able to ride Dim Sum despite suffering an injury to an ankle in a stalls mishap last Sunday which cost him second place in the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby on Xtension.

“Darren was pretty badly bruised but he will be okay for Saturday night. He wants to win this race as badly as I do and it’s nice to be going there with two decent each-way chances.”