Rosehill trainer Gary Moore knows more than a thing or two about horses having ridden at the highest level and when he declared his winner Hostwin Supreme to be better than his former Group 1 winning sprinter Takedown it is time to take notice.
The Zoustar three-year-old gelding won the Jack Denham Hall Of Fame Bm 74 Handicap (1100m) under Glyn Schofield in a very busy finish reaching the front in the very last stride.
It was also Hostwin Supreme’s second win in succession, although this must be tempered by the first being his maiden win, over 1100m at Warwick Farm on May 1st, and then Saturday’s the next step.
However Moore said he will now take the next step in Brisbane in listed company on Queensland Derby Day, June 8th.
Hostwin Supreme and Glyn Schofield have the winning stride, picture Sportpix.com.au
“In his early racing days he was a bit like his boss, full of life, he is learning to settle down unlike his boss. Certainly after running two very strong sprint races last time and of course today where the leader had a picnic up in front and of course when they started to sprint it was always going to be tough to run them down running low sectionals, but he really got the job done and did it well,” said Schofield.
“I think he is the best sprinter I have trained in my training career. I think he is a better horse than Takedown, he has that terrific turn of foot which he displayed today,” said Moore.
“He has shown great ability since day one. He has just been very difficult in the gate and it has taken us a long time to turn him around, my staff, the jockey’s that have helped me to get him to jump cleanly and of course the barrier staff.
“When you run home in 33.6 like he did at Warwick Farm the other day that is running,” he said.
The $4.40 favourite Call Me Royal (Sebring) and Josh Parr were second with Oxford Tycoon (Written Tycoon) and Jay Ford third, with the margins a head and neck.
The time was 1.04.47 on the Good 4 with the final 600m in 34.35. Hostwin Supreme paid $9.00 on fixed odds and $12.20 on the tote.
Hostwin Supreme, out of the Fasliyev mare Any Wonder, has raced just the seven times for his two wins and two starts earning stakes of $131,930 for owners Mr J Tam and Ms S Hongli.
Jack Denham Hall Of Fame Bm 74 Handicap, photo finish picture ATC