John Moore is in voluble mode, confident in his expressions, bullish in what he sees as the probability that his stable warriors will deliver an eighth champion trainer title.
“I’m really confident. I’m there with all guns firing,” he said at Sha Tin this morning, (Tuesday, 9 July).
Moore heads to Happy Valley on Wednesday (10 July) night having closed the gap to just one win on long-time premiership leader and defending champion John Size: the score stands at 74-73. The penultimate fixture of a hard-fought season promises to be a cracker, with the two greats of Hong Kong’s trainers’ rank locked in a battle that could, as Moore has said, “go right to the wire”.
Moore has five runners on the nine-race card, Size has six. But 19 other trainers, with 97 horses between them, will also be vying for the spoils at the city track. And, again, on Sunday (14 July), the competition will be fierce when the campaign closes out at Sha Tin with 11 races.
“It’s never a two-horse race,” Size observed, noting the competitiveness of the season’s final two fixtures.
The 10-time champion is not one for delivering effusive declarations. In the heat of the fray, he is a cool, measured contrast to Moore’s heart-on-the-sleeve assertions.
“It depends who has the luck to win the races; I don’t think you can define it any other way,” he said.
“I think I’ve done the same thing day in, day out since the first day I arrived here. If I win enough races I win the championship. Sometimes other trainers do much better than me and I’ve just got to cop it.”