Ryan Moore, the Longines World’s Best Jockey of 2014, is scheduled to spend six weeks in Hong Kong. That stint began on Jan. 17, and according to the South China Morning Post, Moore hasn’t wasted any time.
On Jan. 24, Moore captured the Group 1 Hong Kong Classic Mile aboard Sun Jewellery for trainer John Size. The trainer had two horses in the contest, and bettors expected his other horse Thewizardofoz, ridden by local champion Joao Moreira, to finish ahead of the poorly-backed Sun Jewellery.
Moore’s ride was the difference-maker, “bottling up” the John Moore-trained Werther at an important moment of the race, then sprinting away from the field and holding on by a neck over Werther late.
“He’s a very nice horse,” said Ryan Moore of Sun Jewellery. “He looked the best in the race to me beforehand, a horse who hasn’t done much wrong in his life, and he seems to have a very good racing mind which is going to help him wherever he goes.”