“Conghua has definitely played a big part in this; Vincent (Travelling Groom) who travels with them says he is the best traveller and he’ll head back to Conghua on Tuesday” he added.
Aided by a patient ride from Zac Purton, Helene Charisma (132lb) kicked clear of Tashidelek (120lb) to win by two lengths. “We’ll be looking for the same, either 2000m or go further,” Moore said.
Moore also saddled Happy Dragon and Classic Beauty to finish third and seventh and couldn’t recall the last time he was in the unusual situation. “I don’t even remember the last time I had three in a race at Happy Valley, it has to be 10 maybe 15 years, it just worked out this way as I had a few stayers on my hand,” Moore said.
A masterful ride from Zac Purton brought the best out of Helene Charisma and his performance didn’t go unnoticed. “It’s two things, being trained out of Conghua and Zac just gets on so well with the horse,” Moore said.
Purton allowed his mount to relax off the speed, before popping the question to Helene Charisma in the straight, but the horse was up to the task as he responded with ease.
“I drew a nice gate and from there just had a lovely run, I was a bit worried halfway with the slow sectionals, but when the horse (Happy Sebring) took off it injected enough speed for everyone to start making their runs, which was key to him,” Purton said.