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Moore thrills Hong Kong crowd with Jewellery win.

Byline: Nicholas Godfrey

RYAN MOORE again demonstrated why he has earned a sky-high reputation on the international stage when snatching the HK Classic Cup with a daring inside route on Sun Jewellery.

The HK$10million (PS890,000) event was an absolute thriller as Moore, who is in Hong Kong for six weeks, switched his mount to the inside and then drove him home up the rail before just holding on in a desperate finish.

After winning last month's Classic Mile, Sun Jewellery became only the second horse ever to win the first two legs of the Hong Kong four-year-old series after Floral Pegasus in 2007.

Moore said: "Sun Jewellery's a class horse and class usually tells over a distance. He's probably just better than them - he's got a class edge and that allows horses to go further than you'd think they would."

The Snitzel gelding was sent off second favourite behind the John Moore-trained Werther, who had looked a shade unlucky when beaten just a neck in the Classic Cup.

Hugh Bowman took no chances this time on Werther, who sat on Sun Jewellery's flanks in mid-division before being moved outside horses to throw down his challenge wide in the straight as Moore briefly looked short of room behind horses.

Moore, though, quickly took decisive action by taking the inside line and his mount held Werther again, this time by a head.

Moore said: "He's got an awful lot of courage and that as well as his attitude are the two things that stand out about him most.

"I always felt that I was going to get up. Werther started moving early and I wanted to keep tabs on him - he got away from me a bit but my horse dug in very well."

Yet while Werther did indeed get first run to an extent, his supporters may well suggest he forfeited ground when he was taken wide at the turn and the third leg of what is fast developing into a famous rivalry will come next month in the Hong Kong Derby over an extra furlong.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Geographic Code:9HONG
Date:Feb 22, 2016
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