Legendary Hong Kong trainer John Moore has landed his first winner as an Australian trainer with his very first runner as Morethannumberone saluted at Newcastle on Tuesday.
Moore, who watched the race from a ritzy Hong Kong restaurant, said it was a great thrill to train his first official winner in partnership with his brother Gary.
The 70-year-old was forced into retirement by the Jockey Club at the end of last season but has remained in Hong Kong since as he waits for travel to open up between Australia and Hong Kong.
Morethannumberone is owned by the Hong Kong-based Barry Lee Wing-tai, who owns More Than A Horse and Easy Go Easy Win, currently trained by Douglas Whyte.
“Our first winner in the partnership with a horse owned in Hong Kong – it’s great,” Moore told the Post.
“I am sitting here now at lunch with a Hong Kong owner and we all saw him win so we are over the moon. First runner, first winner, it couldn’t have gone better.
“We moved it over from [Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes] about three weeks ago and John said to put a set of blinkers on him and go to the front and you might get away with it, so we pulled it off really well today.