The chestnut strode out well enough in batch two this morning, also over 1200m, to give Moore confidence that the More Than Ready gelding will make the Vase line-up in good enough order to be competitive.
“That was a good trial, I’m really pleased with that,” he said after watching the G1 winner pass the post five and three-quarter lengths sixth of 12. “He’ll go back for a vet check now and we’ll scope him to make sure the lungs are in order, but I’m pleased with that.
“He actually enjoyed the dirt, he got through it really well. Tommy (Berry) was a little bit surprised that he pulled up so well.”
Moore is under no illusions about the task facing Eagle Way as he heads into the mile and a half contest with only two runs under his belt this season.
“It’s going to be a big hill to climb going into a Group 1, we did not want to miss that prep race, but he carries no middle and he’s very clean in the wind,” he said.
“It was quite a serious setback, it wasn’t just a simple cold, but I’d say on that trial today, it’s all back on track for him making the Vase. The jury’s out as to how he’s going to run but hopefully he draws a good gate and can show his ability.”
Hong Kong’s top-rated horse Mr Stunning looked the part as he limbered up for a tilt at the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) in batch four over 1050m. John Size’s charge trucked home in fifth under tight restraint, two and a half lengths behind the Moore-trained Not Listenin’tome, with stablemate D B Pin untested in third.
Size’s G1 Champions Mile winner Contentment seems to be peaking at the right time. The chestnut travelled strongly to finish an easy second in batch two under a Brett Prebble hold.