Moore begins search for star to spearhead Sydney stable
John Moore has begun the new phase of his celebrated training career by starting the search for his next champion racehorse at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale on Tuesday.
The world-renowned former Hong Kong trainer only came out of quarantine on Monday but hit the ground running attending trackwork at Rosehill before making his way to Inglis's Riverside sale complex at Warwick Farm to inspect yearlings.
Moore, who dominated Hong Kong racing for nearly four decades winning an all-time record of more than 1700 races, has relocated to Sydney and formed a training partnership with his brother, Gary, who is based at Rosehill.
"I got out of quarantine (Monday), I did the two weeks, it was OK as I was doing my duty as an Australian citizen to keep the epidemic out of Australia,'' Moore said.
"After being in Hong Kong and getting a lot of international news over there, Australia is the best place to be at the moment and I'm exciting to be back here, starting over again.
"The love of the horse, the competition that is involved in the sport, I didn't want to retire. I still have that drive and passion for the racing industry.''
It's a coup for Sydney racing to have a trainer of Moore's standing choosing to continue his training career here. Moore, 70, said he hopes to make some purchases at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale which starts on Sunday.
"With my son, George, we looked at 50 yearlings (Tuesday),'' Moore said. "We are definitely in the market to buy.''
Moore might just find his next champion at the Inglis Classic Sale with recent graduates including the winners of The Everest (Classique Legend), Melbourne Cup (Vow And Declare) and Golden Slipper (She Will Reign).
Profiteer, the boom Melbourne two-year-old, was secured for $165,000 at this sale last year and has recently been sold to Newgate Farm in a deal said to be worth "well into the seven figures".
Trained by Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr, Profiteer could provide his syndicate of owners with another big payday after drawing perfectly in barrier six for the $2 million Inglis Millennium (1100m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Profiteer, brilliant winner of his only start at Flemington, firmed into $1.90 favouritism in early TAB Fixed Odds betting for the rich juvenile race after his main rival, Golden Gift winner Sneaky Five eased to $8.50 after she drew barrier 17. The race has attracted a capacity field of 16 plus four emergencies.
Hall of Fame jockey Hugh Bowman put Profiteer through his paces at Rosehill trackwork on Tuesday morning and was impressed with what he described as "strong work.''
Bowman is also booked for the promising The Bopper, a $5.50 chance in the $1 million Inglis 3yo Sprint (1200m).
There are 11 three-year-olds entered, including outstanding colt Ole Kirk ($2.40 favourite), the dual Group 1 winner of the Golden Rose and Caulfield Guineas, and top filly Dame Giselle ($3.70).
Originally published as Moore begins search for star to spearhead Sydney stable