Japanese outsider wins the HK Mile
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“He was probably one of the biggest private owners in the Japanese racing industry, he was somebody very famous who loved horses” he said.
“We could see his colours from a long time ago, they won nearly everywhere.
“We had the bad news a few weeks ago so I’m really proud and happy to take these colours so high today.”
“I knew my horse was very strong, although his last run wasn’t that good” he said.
“He was the best two-year-old last year in Japan, probably the best three-year-old in Japan too.
“I knew he could stay that distance quite well, he has good gate speed, he liked the ground, so I was quite happy.
“I rode my race as if he was the favourite and it paid off.”
“He was gallant in defeat,” Moore said.
“In his last two runs he hasn’t been hitting the line as we’d expect.
“That’s what Zac said and he confirmed that.
“He’s just not going through the gears when he gets into the straight and he did it again today.
“The Stewards’ Cup will be his next Group 1 race and we’ll take it race by race from there.”
“It was an extremely good run, he had to face a tough gate and I had to drag him back,” he said.
“He wasn’t having much luck from there but he’s a good second to a good horse.
“We didn’t have too much luck from the gate and I think that is what has got him beaten.
“That’s the reason why I pulled him back otherwise I was going to get tracked wide.”