By Jon Lees
Hong Kong: John Moore has confirmed plans to forge a training alliance with his brother Gary in Sydney as soon as his stint in Hong Kong ends in July and he could take Beauty Generation with him.
Hong Kong’s longest-serving and winningmost trainer has been forced to sever ties with the region, where he has been a fixture since 1971, because the Hong Kong Jockey Club will not issue him another licence now that he has turned 70.
Moore had already been granted a five-year extension when he became the first Hong Kong trainer to train beyond 65 years of age, when the region usually makes retirement compulsory.
Unable to get another extension, Moore has forged ahead with plans to continue his training career in his native Australia with Gary Moore, the Arc-winning jockey turned trainer.
Speaking to Clint Hutchinson for the local racing information website Hutchi’s Honkers, Moore said: “Gary and I will join forces and that will be late July, early August. I will make an application to train to the New South Wales racing authority to train in Australia.
“I already have I would say 12 yearlings at the present moment that have been into Gary’s or are about to go into Gary’s stable. Then the balance of what I have already got in Australia in other stables will join.
“I would be thinking that Gary and I would be kicking off with about 40 horses to start August 1. So plans are to move back to Sydney from Hong Kong.”
This weekend Moore will bid to embellish his Hong Kong record when Beauty Generation tries to win the Champions Mile, which the trainer has already won eight times, for the third year running.
The New Zealand-bred and one-time world’s leading miler has won 18 times from 30 starts for Moore, finishing outside the first three only four times.
“He was brought up in some of the best volcanic country in the world,” said Moore. “He’s just as tough as goat’s knees and for that reason he has been able to keep up this fantastic strike rate. If he hasn’t won, he’s been very close.
“There has been less mention of retirement because he’s never finished further back than third or fourth. From that point of view, why not keep him going?
“I had dinner with the owner the other night and my wife and I did mention to the owner there are races in Australia like the All-Star Mile in Melbourne.
“I said, ‘Wouldn’t that be a nice way to go, if he can come back with me to Australia, be trained in Sydney, set for races in Sydney and then finish up in the All-Star Mile and just drive down the road to the Legends farm and that would be the end of his career’.
“That was mentioned to the owners,” Moore went on. “Patrick [Kwok] owns him but of course the father has a lot to say with respect to what we are doing with the horse, retirement and other things. But that was put on the table for consideration and it would be a dream if we could pull that off.”