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Moore's 1-2-3 in HK Classic Cup YESTERDAY'S HONG KONG (SHA TIN) RESULTS

Singapore Airlines International Cup-winning John Moore continued his domination of the Hong Kong Four-Year-Old Series with a 1-2-3 in his five-pronged attack in yesterday's domestic Group 1 Hong Kong Classic Cup over 1,800m at Sha Tin racecourse.

His charge DESIGNS ON ROME enhanced his Group 1 BMW Hong Kong Derby credentials under Tommy Berry by beating Able Friend, the mount of Joao Moreira, by one and a half lengths.

Another stablemate, Secret Sham, finished third, three and a half lengths away.

"The Derby's on the horizon," said Moore, who trained last May's SIA Cup winner, Military Attack.

"It looks as though Designs On Rome should be winning that sort of race on his run today, because there's still a little bit more improvement, and, if there is, he could be devastating.

"I'm over the moon. The ride was very tactical. It did test Able Friend's stamina and that's what won the race.

"I've had four and five runners in the Derby before but, having these two horses going into the Derby, I would have to say is the pinnacle of my career."

Designs On Rome had played second fiddle by half a length to his much-lauded stablemate, Able Friend, in the opening leg of the series last month, the Group 1 Hong Kong Classic Mile.

Moore had four runners in the other domestic Group 1 feature, but three of his horses finished 2-3-4 behind the Caspar Fownes-trained LUCKY NINE in a scintillating climax to the Chairman's Sprint Prize.

The Hong Kong champion sprinter, who captured last May's International Group 1 KrisFlyer International Sprint, showed class and grit to clinch a second consecutive victory in the 1,200m contest.

The seven-year-old held off Charles The Great by a neck, with race-favourite Sterling City a mere shorthead away in third, ahead of Frederick Engels. - HKJC.

RACE 1 CLASS 5 TURF-1400m

4 MAGICAL BEAM 131 (20-10) Z PURTON (8) - - 1

10 CASA JUNIOR 126 (158-49) A SUBORICS (13) - - 2

5 RECORD AGAIN 131 (24-8) J MOREIRA (3) - - 3

13 MONEY WIN WINS 122 (55-12) B PREBBLE (2) - - 4

Trainer: A Schutz. Margins: 0.5, shd. Time: 1min 23.48sec (Going: good). Forecast: $141. P Forecast: $10 (4-5), $46 (4-10), $86 (5-10). Tierce: $2793. Trio: $616. Quartet: No winner ($4960 jackpot carried forward to next race). Quadro: $826.

RACE 2 CLASS 4 TURF-1200m

4 FULL TALENT 124 (292-76) W C MARWING (4) - - 1

11 HEAMERIC TE SPECSO 120 (142-31) M DEMURO (1) - - 2

14 SPARKLING SWORD 118 (20-9) D WHYTE (3) - - 3

13 FAY DEEP 118 (51-12) C WILLIAMS (2) - - 4

Trainer: R Gibson. Margins: 3, nk. Time: 1min 10.04sec (good). Forecast: $407. P Forecast: $38 (4-11), $31 (4-14), $59 (11-14). Tierce: $15820. Trio: $1845. Quartet: No winner ($8972 jackpot carried forward to next race). Quadro: $1067.

RACE 3 CLASS 4 TURF-1400m

7 GRACEFUL KINGDOM 124 (21-10) N CALLAN (6) - - 1

5 ROYALE ELEGANCE 121 (54-14) T BERRY (1) - - 2

1 MR GOURMET 133 (15-7) Z PURTON (7) - - 3

9 SUNNY PEARL 123 (40-12) M CHADWICK (3) - - 4

Trainer: PF Yiu. Margins: Nk, 0.5. Time: 1min 23.09sec (good). Forecast: $102. P Forecast: $32 (1-5), $6 (1-7), $34 (5-7). Tierce: $620. Trio: $128. Quartet: $3074. Quadro: $159.

RACE 4 CLASS 4 TURF-1800m

2 TOWERING STORM 132 (26-7) N CALLAN (1) - - 1

9 CHINA DELIGHT 121 (149-38) C WILLIAMS (11) - - 2

10 FLYING IN 120 (139-37) O DOLEUZE (6) - - 3

1 STARTING OVER 133 (86-29) A SUBORICS (4) - - 4

Trainer: WY So. Margins: 1.25, shd. Time: 1min 49.49sec (good). Forecast: $358. P Forecast: $43 (2-9), $46 (2-10), $155 (9-10). Tierce: $4277. Trio: $955. Quartet: No winner ($2838 jackpot carried forward to next race). Quadro: No winner ($3712 jackpot carried forward to next race).

RACE 5 CLASS 3 TURF-1200m

1 ACCESS YEARS 131 (9-6) J MOREIRA (1) - - 1

13 DASHING FORTUNE 114 (67-14) H W LAI (4) - - 2

9 BESPOKE COLLARS 118 (202-35) O DOLEUZE (12) - - 3

14 MEDIC SWORDSMAN 113 (142-33) W M LAI (2) - - 4

Trainer: J Size. Margins: 1.25, 0.75. Time: 1min 09.47sec (good). Forecast: $41. P Forecast: $31 (1-9), $14 (1-13), $126 (9-13). Tierce: $1648. Trio: $351. Quartet: No winner ($11382 jackpot carried forward to next race). Quadro: $8477. Course scratching: 5 Tonyboy.

RACE 6 CLASS 3 TURF-1600m

12 KHAYA 119 (12-5.10) D WHYTE (13) - - 1

10 ARCHIPPUS 119 (12-5.10) Z PURTON (5) - - 2

5 GREEN MANNER 129 (44-15) N CALLAN (3) - - 3

8 WHY NOT 122 (50-11) A SUBORICS (7) - - 4

Trainer: J Size. Margins: 1.25, 1. Time: 1min 35.41sec (good). Forecast: $8. P Forecast: $10 (5-10), $5 (5-12), $4 (10-12). Tierce: $71. Trio: $16. Quartet: $683. Quadro: $38.

RACE 7 CLASS HKG1 TURF-1200m

1 LUCKY NINE 126 (23-11) B PREBBLE (5) - - 1

3 CHARLES THE GREAT 126 (29-8) D WHYTE (1) - - 2

2 STERLING CITY 126 (9-5.10) J MOREIRA (3) - - 3

4 FREDERICK ENGELS 126 (59-15) T BERRY (10) - - 4

Trainer: C Fownes. Margins: Nk, shd. Time: 1min 09.37sec (good). Forecast: $33. P Forecast: $8 (1-2), $13 (1-3), $5 (2-3). Tierce: $96. Trio: $12. Quartet: $252. Quadro: $18.

RACE 8 CLASS HKG1 TURF-1800m

3 DESIGNS ON ROME 126 (23-8) T BERRY (3) - - 1

2 ABLE FRIEND 126 (8-5.10) J MOREIRA (6) - - 2

4 SECRET SHAM 126 (127-23) N CALLAN (4) - - 3

9 DR GOOD HABIT 126 (43-12) M DEMURO (2) - - 4

Trainer: J Moore. Margins: 1.5, 3.5. Time: 1min 47.91sec (good). Forecast: $6. P Forecast: $4 (2-3), $18 (2-4), $25 (3-4). Tierce: $126. Trio: $24. Quartet: $461. Quadro: $53. Course scratching: 5 Helene Super Star

RACE 9 CLASS 2 TURF-1600m

11 KABAYAN 114 (13-6) J MOREIRA (5) - - 1

13 PRESIDENT LINCOLN 113 (302-68) M CHADWICK (8) - - 2

4 BEAUTY FLAME 123 (34-13) M DEMURO (1) - - 3

5 REWARDING HERO 123 (16-7) D WHYTE (11) - - 4

Trainer: J Moore. Margins: Nk, shd. Time: 1min 35.05sec (good). Forecast: $141. P Forecast: $8 (4-11), $80 (4-13), $33 (11-13). Tierce: $1474. Trio: $280. Quartet: No winner ($7666 jackpot carried forward to next race). Quadro: $131.

RACE 10 CLASS 3 TURF-1400m

5 SICHUAN EXEC 124 (65-20) J MOREIRA (12) - - 1

6 BIG FOUR 122 (19-9) D WHYTE (7) - - 2

12 SMART BALL 119 (26-10) M CHADWICK (4) - - 3

7 GAOLING LUCKY STAR 122 (65-19) N CALLAN (6) - - 4

Trainer: J Size. Margins: Hd, 1.25. Time: 1min 22.90sec (good). Forecast: $42. P Forecast: $18 (5-6), $22 (5-12), $9 (6-12). Tierce: $670. Trio: $85. Quartet: No winner ($15298 jackpot carried forward to next Hong Kong meeting) . Quadro: $275. Course scratching: 14 Berlini.

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