Tuesday, 7 August 2012
: Trainer Gary Moore claimed his third Summer Trophy when Golden Star showed too much fight for race favorite Luck Of Smiling in the Group 2 contest over 1050 metres at Taipa on Saturday.
Sent straight to the front by jockey Louis Corrales Golden Star was taken on by Luck Of Smiling at the five hundred with the two horses then singling out and going stride for stride right down to the wire.
It was win number 10 on the all weather for the son of Statue Of Liberty (USA) who has now won a total of 14 races in Macau and close to $3 million.
Gary Moore watched the race live via the internet on the MJC website from London where has been for the past week buying horses and was delighted with the win.
“I set him for the race and kept him nice and fresh and he really fought back well when Louis (Corrales) went for him.” Moore said.
“He's had a great season starting with the big international race last November and capping it off with a Group 2.”
With both Alan Tam and Gary Moore leading in a winner on Saturday the score remains 68 to 63 in Moore's favor for the trainer's championship with five race-days remaining.
“It's been a great battle all season and it will most probably go down to the last day.” Moore added.
“M C (Alan Tam) can turn it all around in a couple of meetings he's got close to 60 horses to my 38 and a lot more runners then me.”
“I am just going to try to place my horses to their advantage and I've got a good team in this coming Friday on the sand.”
Moore is aiming for his sixth Macau trainer's championship.
In the jockeys race Brazilian rider Manoel Nunes looks to have it sewn up to give him his sixth Macau jockeys title.
On 71 winners Nunes is 12 winners ahead of fellow Brazilian Fausto Durso who is on 59, with Stanley Chin in third spot on 50.
Nunes will miss two of the five meetings remaining with a trip to Korea to ride in the International Jockeys Challenge on the 11th and 12 of this month.
* GEOFF Allendorf's two winners on Saturday takes him to 25 for the season and seventh place on the trainer's standings.
Allendorf admitted he was surprised by the ease of the win by Boy From The Bay, especially since the gelding was only cleared to start on race morning.
“He had some hoof issues and on Friday I honestly thought he had very little chance of getting around.” Allendorf said.
“Thanks to some good work by the master farrier Todd Gibbons and the Vet Department we got him there but I never expected him to win that easily, he won like a Class 1 horse and ran a class record as well.”
Both Boy From The Bay and Carl's Star are raced by Auckland Real Estate developer Carl Gray.
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