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Hong Kong trainer John Moore has dominated several of the major contests in Hong Kong this spring and he again achieved a fantastic feat by training the first two home in the Group 1 BMW Hong Kong Derby at Sha Tin on Sunday.

It was the Irish bred DESIGNS ON ROME (IRE) that gave Moore his fourth win in the race by beating Able Friend by half a length under Tommy Berry and in doing so he also claimed the Hong Kong 4yo Series.


Moore had stated previously his belief that both Designs On Rome and Able Friend are top bracket performers, and he repeated that statement as he outlined plans for his duo.

“DESIGNS ON ROME (IRE) looks to have a serious future. As I’ve said before, he has international Group  1 written all over him and the way he did it today he proved he can make quite a few runs and he can keep kicking – and he’s got the desire to really kick hard. When Able Friend came up on his inside, he fought back gamely and that’s a good horse. Designs On Rome will come back for the QEII Cup. My two fellas are world class and they’ll go on to the world stage, eventually.”

DESIGNS ON ROME (IRE) was formerly trained in Ireland by Pat Flynn who was at Sha Tin to see his former protégé fulfil the promise he showed in Ireland as a 2yo, form that included a second to DAWN APPROACH (IRE) in the Group 1 National Stakes. The son of Holy Roman Emperor was originally bought by Flynn as a yearling at Goffs Orby Sale from his breeders Moyglare Stud.


Last Updated on Friday, 21 March 2014 10:07


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