Gary Moore decided to return to Macau

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Trainer Gary Moore’s often exuberant enthusiasm on the track is contagious, giving off an air of excitement that is only likely to be enhanced when his light-hearted celebration of success overflows the moment the horse he’s training is first past the post.

Now in his seventies, Moore throws himself into a new challenge, seemingly with all his considerable energy intact, propelling him into a new venture…or should that be said, a new chapter of an old theme.

Moore has been licensed by the Macau Jockey Club for the 2022-23 season and is now finalizing plans to return to Macau after spending the past eight years training at Rosehill in Sydney.

Moore first trained in Macau in the 2001-2002 racing season and won his first Master Trainer title in the 2004-2005 season. He would go on to secure the honor seven more times during his thirteen-year stay in Macau, annexing his eighth title in 2014.

While Moore has been successful around the world as both a jockey and a trainer, Macau has certainly played a big part in Moore’s life, something he warmly acknowledged after winning the title in 2014 when he said before leaving for Australia: I am deeply indebted to the Macau Jockey Club for the opportunities it has given me gave. I love Macau and I love the people and this place will forever be in my heart.”

Well, he will soon return to the country that treated him so well, and he will arrive determined to achieve new goals.

Speaking to Asian Racing Report, Moore confided that while he has enjoyed a lot of great racing success in Macau, the Macau Derby has been one of the main races that has eluded him, and that he will be looking to put that record straight when he returns. Macau.

“I have three goals in mind,” Moore told Michael Fox of the Asian Racing Report. “I want to make it ten premierships for trainers, I want to win the Macau Derby that has eluded me and I want a horse that is good enough to take on the Hong Kong Group races.”

Moore, who hopes to be in Macau by September, is already working hard to achieve those goals, trying to get the right horses to build his stable to the strength it was during his first training stint in Macau… and especially to find the elusive Derby . winner.

Moore certainly has all the makings of being able to identify the right stock, as in addition to his bona fide training, Moore’s jockey resume also boasts the title of champion jockey in Hong Kong no less than seven times, as well as another notable accolade of riding gold. River to victory in the 1981 Prix de l’Arc De Triomphe.

No relocation is ever easy … but Moore seems to have a lot of positives on his side when it comes to this new venture, and few would bet against him hitting the ground running.

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