Hong Kong trainer John Moore has suffered a blow to his spring aspirations, but still hopes to take part in this year’s Spring Racing Carnival.
Moore revealed to Just Horse Racing that he is no longer the trainer of Carthage, who is on the fourth line of betting in some early Melbourne Cup markets.
Carthage, who raced in Europe under the name Beheshtam and was a one time favourite for the Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe, was purchased by Hong Kong connections at the end of last year with the Melbourne Cup firmly in their sights.
However, it is highly unlikely that he will now be seen in Melbourne.
The loss of Carthage has also meant that Australian audiences will not see superstar Collection at Moonee Valley for the Cox Plate.
The owners of Carthage are also amongst the owners of Collection, winner of the 2009 Hong Kong Derby. Whilst Moore still trains the gelding, all overseas plans have now been put on hold.
Nevertheless, Moore may still be represented down under by dual Group 1 Champions Mile winner Able One.
Able One, a son of Cape Cross, has won nine of his 31 starts. While his best distance is 1600m, a tilt at the 2040m of the Cox Plate has not been ruled out by Moore.
“A decision on whether he makes the trip will be made this week,” Moore said.
Written by Andrew Hawkins