Gary wants Moore from Macau ‘homecoming’ and is eyeing Hong Kong’s rich pickings
Gary Moore has been granted a license to train in Macau for the 2022-23 season, ending an eight year stint at Rosehill.
Given how much Gary Moore has achieved in Macau it might seem strange to hear him talk of unfinished business at Taipa Racecourse, but the trainer’s trademark enthusiasm comes to the fore and a smile spreads across his face when he speaks about his return to the gambling mecca.
“I have three goals in mind: I want to make it 10 trainers’ premierships, I want to win a Macau Derby, which has eluded me, and I want a horse that is good enough to go and tackle the Hong Kong Group races,” he told the Report.
“It’s official, the Macau Jockey Club have licenced me for the 2022-23 season. I am really excited, there is so much I still want to achieve in Macau and I am looking forward with those goals in mind.”
Those goals would seem ambitious for anybody other than Moore, who boasts a Hall of Fame CV on both sides of the Pearl River Delta, not to mention his achievements in Europe – where he won an Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe as a jockey – and Australia, where he was a Group 1-winning trainer during his eight year stint.
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In 2000 Moore took his training talents to Macau and was a dominant force for 13 seasons, winning seven titles and a host of big races including his famous 2010 Hong Kong-Macau Trophy triumph at Sha Tin with 100-1 shot Viva Pronto.
“I had a lot of success in Macau but I didn’t win a Derby, and I want that on my resume, and I want to find some horses good enough to travel to Hong Kong and win some of those big races,” he said.
When Moore last trained in Macau in 2014, the only Hong Kong race open to visitors from Macau was the lone Interport series leg at Sha Tin, but all of Hong Kong’ stakes races, except the four-year-old series, are now open to visitors.