Dominant could target Cups

After defeating the likes of Red Cadeaux, Dunaden and Mount Athos in yesterday’s Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Vase (2400m), Hong Kong trainer John Moore wants to aim Dominant towards the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival.

Speaking to RSN’s Shane Anderson, Moore said he would talk to Dominant’s owners about sending the five-year-old to Team Hawkes to be prepared for both the BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) and Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m).

“I’ll then sit down with the syndicate and ask them if they’ll give me permission to send him over to John Hawkes in Australia,” Moore said.

“It would be probably four months before the big Cup races to make sure he has got the time to acclimatise and hopefully he can repeat what he did here.”

Moore said the initial target for the son of Cacique was the Group 1 Sheema Classic (2400m) at the Dubai World Cup meeting in March, before heading back to Hong Kong for the Group 1 Hong Kong Champions and Chater Cup (2400m) in May.

Given a gun ride by Australian jockey Zac Purton, Dominant defied his $24 starting price with TAB to defeat the $2.70 favourite The Fugue, with 2011 winner Dunaden running home strongly into third position.

The luckless runner in the race was last year’s winner and two-time Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux who still finished fourth after racing wide throughout the race.

Moore admitted it was surprise to win the Vase, saying it was always hard to beat the seasoned European stayers with a scarcity of suitable lead up options in Hong Kong.

“We drew barrier 14 and I didn’t think he had the mileage in his legs,” he said.

“Zac (Purton) gave him a great ride, there was a little bit of interference in the race and we got lucky.

“The 2400m race (Hong Kong Vase) is really put on for the Europeans. I bought Dominant to win that race as well as come back to Melbourne.

“To get away with the race today when I went into it not that confident, I’m in Disneyland.”

The Hong Kong Vase was the first leg of a double on the International Race Day program for Moore who also took out the 1600m Class 2 Handicap with exciting four-year-old Able Friend.