Moore Wins For Hong Kong

Sterling City (AUS)
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In what marked the second consecutive win of the night for Hong Kong and jockey Joao Moreira, the Australian-bred Sterling City wore down a familiar foe in Rich Tapestry to win the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen Sponsored by Gulf News.
Rich Tapestry got first run off the turn, but Sterling City leveled off on the outside at the top of the stretch and caught the G3 Mahab Al Shimaal winner late stretch to score by three-quarters of a length in a final time of 1:10.88 for 1200m on the all-weather.
In October, Sterling City got the best of Rich Tapestry (ninth beaten 5 ˝ lengths) in the G2 Premier Bowl Handicap at Sha Tin (HK).
“I am estactic to win here in Dubai. It’s every trainer’s dream,” said trainer John Moore. “Rich Tapestry’s facile win the other day (G3 Mahab Al Shimaal on Super Saturday) made me think my fellow had a chance today. The jockey said he didn’t like it early on the all-weather, but once he got him clear, he flew home.”

It was 2 Ľ lengths back to United Color in third. Defending Golden Shaheen champ Reynaldothewizard checked in fourth.

“I got run down by a good horse,” said Rich Tapestry’s jockey Olivier Doleuze. “I had the trip I wished to have. When I asked him under pressure, he gave me his kick. He travelled very well throughout the race but he went from going very good to full power without it making much difference. He gave me a short burst but then he stopped a little bit after that.”

In the race prior, Moreira won the Al Quoz Sprint Empowered by IPIC for Hong Kong connections.

“Once I gave him a clear run he just showed off,” Moreira said. “He`s a very good horse. He had the experience of racing here before and my horse didn`t, but once I got to his outside, I knew my horse was going to kick in. He`s lovely and such a pleasure. There is more to come. I dedicate this (win) to my family, my wife and two kids.”

Family was also a theme for trainer Moore, who potentially has big plans for the 5yo son of Nadeen.

“This has been a Team Moore effort as my daughter Caroline is the groom and my son George the work rider,” Moore said. “It’s one International meeting at a time, but his next target could be the Singapore Krisflyer Sprint in May and then we can think about Ascot.”