Magnificence Era won’t be the one horse Moore saddles throughout the Hong Kong Worldwide Races, which additionally characteristic the Hong Kong Cup, Dash and Vase. Collectively, they’re price 93 million Hong Kong ($11.9 million). Moore is the one coach to have gained every of the races not less than as soon as, however as a defending champion, Magnificence Era would be the focus from his steady.
“One of many issues that makes Hong Kong racing nice is returning champions like Magnificence Era,” Nader mentioned. “About 98 % of the horse inhabitants listed here are geldings, so horses have lengthy careers. The fan base can actually connect with the highest horses, and it’s thrilling to see a horse like Magnificence Era tackle one of the best on the planet.”
Moore, who comes from a revered racing household and commenced coaching in Hong Kong in 1985, stays a dominant power, however his tenure as a coach there’s nearing its finish. Below Hong Kong’s guidelines of racing, he should retire in 2020.
“The retirement age was beforehand 65, however we prolonged it to 70 for John and in addition for different high performing trainers who will profit later, similar to Tony Cruz and John Dimension,” Nader mentioned. “The explanation for the obligatory retirement age is there’s a restrict of roughly 24 trainers to be licensed in Hong Kong at anyone time. Finally, there should be a time to say goodbye.”
The Australian-born Moore has not determined what he’ll do when the time comes, however his focus is on watching the horses in his care carry out.
“It’s obligatory retirement,” he mentioned. “Age is only a quantity to me, and I don’t really feel like I’m previous. One of the best feeling as of late is getting a horse, whether or not you purchase them as a yearling or as a tried horse, and taking them to the Group 1 stage, and Magnificence Era has executed that. He has given me that feeling.
“This horse, if he wins the Mile on Sunday, I might assume he could be the Horse of the 12 months once more, regardless that we’ve solely gone half a season to date. I don’t assume there’s any horse on the market that may be capable of emulate what he’s executed.”