John Moore’s record in the G3 Lion Rock Trophy Handicap (1600m) stands at two wins from three editions and on Sunday he will attempt to bag a third victory when Good Standing (123lb) rolls into the fourth running of the Sha Tin feature, seemingly in the form of his Hong Kong life.
The trainer needs every win he can get as he continues the difficult task of chasing down John Size’s eight-win lead in the trainers’ premiership. But, championships aside, the handler will take plenty of satisfaction should Good Standing grab the weekend silverware.
“We thought when we bought him he was a Derby horse ready to jump into Group company straight away and then we had the setbacks,” Moore said. “He’s definitely Group quality, it’s just been a long time coming because of the issues he had but he seems to be over them now.”
There was certainly no sign of any problems when the five-year-old earned his Class 1 stripes over 1400m last start. The bay cruised to a two and a quarter-length score over Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m) winner Mission Tycoon under a pretty Zac Purton ride.
“It was a very good win the other day and in very good time, which tells me he’s in really good form,” Moore said.