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Moore Leaving Hong Kong in Style
Evergreen Hong Kong trainer John Moore, victim of a repugnant ageist Hong Kong Jockey Club policy that dictates the age at which trainers must vacate their stables in the territory, enjoyed a double on Saturday at Sha Tin with Beauty Happy and Touch of Luck. Set to join his brother Gary in Sydney where they will have access to 20 stables, Moore is making the most of the remaining few weeks of what has been a magnificent career in one of the most cut-throat training centres in the world. According to scmp.com, Moore holds the record for the most number of winners trained in Hong Kong’s history, some 1,731, and he will be honoured with a lifetime-achievement award on 16 July at the annual Champions Awards function. Paying due deference to his late father George, a champion jockey and trainer, Moore commented, “It is really a culmination of the Moore family from 1972 when dad first arrived. That sort of award is in honour for the Moore family as a whole for what dad bought here when he first came here, he gave the place some kudos…” Moore added, “I would like to think the Moore family has played a major part in making Hong Kong racing what it is today.” Hong Kong’s loss will invariably be Sydney’s gain.