Trainer John Moore believes that, after years of trying to figure out enigmatic gelding People’s Knight, he has finally discovered the key to the Exceed And Excel five-year-old.
“He’s a dirt horse,” Moore said simply at Sha Tin on Tuesday morning (31 October), with People’s Knight making his second start for the season in the Class 2 Hebe Hill Handicap (1650m) on Sha Tin’s all-weather track on Wednesday night (1 November).
Moore had huge expectations for People’s Knight early in his career, with the son of Exceed And Excel winning three of his first five races, including the 2015 Griffin Trophy. He was once the stable’s early elect for the 2017 Four-Year-Old Classic Series – a place that was eventually usurped by Rapper Dragon – but struggled to find form, until late 2016.
For the trainer, People’s Knight – who has now built up a two-from-three record on the surface – has been a puzzle that has taken deciphering.