John Size goes into the final meeting of the Hong Kong season with a two-win advantage over rival John Moore in what has developed into a thrilling battle for the trainers’ championship.
Sunday’s (14 July) 11-race card promises to be an epic decider with Size slated to saddle eight runners across five races and Moore targeting 11 of his horses at 10 of the afternoon’s contests.
Moore headed into Wednesday’s Happy Valley fixture emitting confidence, but after coming out the other side worse off than when he went in, the bullishness was more muted at Sha Tin this morning (Friday, 12 July).
His bright optimism remained, however, and if the deciding day plays out to the neutral’s hope of a final race decider, Moore is perfectly at ease with the horse that will go to battle for him in the season-concluding Class 2 Hong Kong Racehorse Owners Association Trophy Handicap (1400m).
“If I did have a choice of the whole day, Thanks Forever is the horse I’d want going into battle for me in the last race,” Moore said.
“I’ve got a lot of chances on Sunday. It was disappointing that we didn’t get more than one winner on Wednesday night; I had hoped we’d be going into the last day all square but that wasn’t to be. Now I need history to repeat itself, back to when I trained four winners on the last day to beat Tony Cruz in the 2010/11 season. We really need to put on a good show on Sunday to down John.”