Moore senior gave Man his ‘English name’ taken from the pop band of the 1960s, Mannfred Mann.
“He was a very tough guy,” Man says of George Moore. “He would keep asking you to do the job and keep learning, he was quite hard. But that was all very good experience, and his knowledge and the way he operated his stable, it helped me to develop. I knew my job in the stable and even though it was hard work, it made sure I had the horse knowledge I needed.”
Man graduated to being a fully-fledged jockey until he retired in 1983. He then spent a further 17 years working for the Moore stable as work rider and then assistant trainer until 2000 when he was granted his own licence to train.
“Manfred was a little bit different to the other assistant trainers I had,” John Moore says. “He probably had more leadership skills when he was coming through. He was good at managing things.”
Man ticked along as a trainer. His best season, in 2009-10, brought 43 wins, including five apiece for the griffins London China Town and Tai Sing Yeh. Then came Eagle Regiment.
“He was one of the best sprinters I ever had the chance to ride,” says Olivier Doleuze who partnered the big but fragile gelding to wins in the Centenary Sprint Cup in 2012 and 2013, back when it was a straight 1000-metre dash carrying ‘Hong Kong Group 1’ status.
“All-time, if there had been more races down the straight, he would have been as good as Silent Witness: he was a champion. And he was such a nice horse to ride,” Doleuze adds.
Man took Eagle Regiment to Dubai for the Al Quoz Sprint in 2012 where his problematic feet forced his scratching. The horse took 11 months to recover fully and when he had, Man pitched him first-up into the Centenary Sprint Cup.
“To do what he did, to win the Group 1 two times in a row after such a long break, I was surprised, it was phenomenal. And then the way he won it was amazing,” says Doleuze.