Moore lands the Hong Kong Sprint at Wellington

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World-traveling champion jockey Ryan Moore has not only done it all virtually… but he’s riding winners time and time again on the biggest stage.

So it’s no surprise that Moore claimed the winner when he rode the Richard Gibson-trained Wellington to a dominant victory in Sunday’s HK$24 million G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin.

Moore was booked to ride after Wellington regular Alexis Badel dislocated his shoulder a couple of weeks ago and did not waste the opportunity as Wellington claimed its eighth success at the prestigious LONGINES Hong Kong International Races.

Winning a race at this level is never an easy task, but Moore’s explanation after the race suggested that things had gone according to plan.

“He got off to a very good start. The pace was very slow for the first stretch and a half,” Moore said. I was able to fit in worse than the middle of the field, I had some cover and I was able to drive when I wanted to.

“It was very straightforward from my horse,” Moore continued. “He calmly drove me there and had the 200m race sewn up for me to really go for it.

“For me, he’s looked like the best sprinter in Hong Kong for a while and of course it’s very tough on Alexis, but I’m very grateful to be able to ride and test him today.”

Coach Richard Gibson was a very proud man.

“You can’t call yourself a sprint champion unless you win this big one,” Gibson said. “We’re all part of a really big team, Alexis is a huge part of that and I’m bummed he’s missing it, but I’m proud of my boys.

“We’ve had a lot of work to do after his disappointing run last time (where Wellington limped) and we’ve got a great vet team, chiropractors, there’s a lot of people to thank.

“We had to be a little patient, but I was pleased that we didn’t miss working with him.

“All of our energy has been focused on this race since last year,” Gibson said.

“We really wanted to win it for Hong Kong and for the owners who have been so supportive and were my first owners in Hong Kong. I’m delighted to have staged one of our biggest races here and it’s fantastic for Hong Kong to have a horse of this caliber.”

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