John Moore is upbeat about Styling City’s (113lb) chances of delivering a feature race win in Sunday’s (1 September) Class 1 HKSAR Chief Executive’s Cup Handicap (1200m) at Sha Tin’s season opener.
“He’s well-weighted, he trialled well and it’s all systems go. He looked good in his trial, he pulled up happy and he’s got Moreira on board,” Moore said.
With another summer under his belt, Styling City returns as a four-year-old following two successful campaigns that yielded five wins and saw him test his mettle unsuccessfully at G1 level.
The son of Starspangldbanner, whose wins have all come down Sha Tin’s 1000m straight, is yet to win above Class 2 level but Moore believes Sunday could see him prove his Class 1 abilities.
“I think he can take a step forward from what he’s done previously, especially in this sort of race with not many runners,” Moore said.
“There’s not an abundance of speed in the race so that should suit him down to the ground. He’s drawn well; he should be doing it easy up front in that sort of race. I think he’ll be close.”
As well as added maturity, Styling City will return as a gelding as he aims to join an impressive honour roll of past winners. That list includes Lucky Nine who claimed victory in 2010 before stepping up to win the Hong Kong Classic Mile four starts later and then advanced to become a multiple G1-winning Champion Sprinter.