Expat Aussie trainer John Moore is dually represented in the 2014 Hong Kong Sprint field this weekend by two livewire chances in the Sha Tin classic.
Four Group 1 events take place at the track on Sunday for the latest Hong Kong International Race Day, including the Group 1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) featuring 13 smart short distance specialists.
Two of those come from the local stables of Moore who will saddle-up Sterling City in barrier three and Flagship Shine out wider in nine.
The best fancied of the stable mates in the latest Hong Kong Sprint odds at Ladbrokes.com.au is Sterling City at $10, just shorter in the markets than the Rob Heathcote-trained Aussie hope Buffering ($11) who is drawn in gate eight.
“He’s a fit, clean winded horse drawn a good gate. Happy,” Moore told the media speaking of Sterling City post-barrier draw.
Sterling City will be ridden by Brazilian hoop, ‘The Magic Man’ Joao Moreira who has been aboard for his two most recent runs.
The six-year-old Nadeem gelding has been disappointing of late but has class as proven by his win in the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen (1200m) back in March.
His last start was at Sha Tin on November 23 in the Group 2 Jockey Club Sprint (1200m) where, in a race lacking pace, he failed to get a clear run and could only manage to cross four and a half lengths away 12th to Peniaphobia.
He gets the chance then to turn the tables on his last start conqueror with the young Jockey Club Sprint winner Peniaphobia also backing up in the Group 1, Tony Cruz’s three-year-old colt drawn ideally in barrier six.
Moore’s other runner Flagship Shine meanwhile will have a little more work to do out in barrier nine with Australia’s Nash Rawiller over for the ride.
The Aussie-bred Tale Of The Cat five-year-old also comes out of the Jockey Club Sprint where he ran a close third only one and a half lengths off the winner.
He hasn’t won a race however since last December and so pays a more generous $26 to win as one of the roughie shots in the race.
“He’s fit and well,” Moore said.
“Drawn out a bit but doesn’t really matter with him.”
Hong Kong Sprint favourite Aerovelocity will jump from barrier seven, which trainer Paul O’Sullivan described as better than drawing the inside alley that belongs to Japan’s Little Gerda coming off a Grade 2 Centaur Stakes (1206m) win from mid-September.
Her trainer Ippo Sameshima believes the Closing Argument mare is a genuine winning hope from the inside alley despite a $21 chance at the bookies.
“This is the best draw,” he said.
“Number 1 is our winning draw.”
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