Moore family makes them Listen

If you thought Hong Kong Group winner Not Listenin’tome was named by a slightly frustrated parent, you’d be right.

George Moore, who bought him for $270,000 from Arrowfield’s draft at the 2012 Inglis Easter Sale, recalls, “My late mother actually named him. I can’t remember the exact situation, but one of us wasn’t listening to her, and she said ‘Not Listenin’tome.'”

He adds, “Not Listenin’tome was a stand out on type at the Easter Sale. In our minds he was a no-brainer, being out of a good producing mare in Flame Of Sydney, and a fluid mover with great drive behind.”

Bred by Michael Pitt & Mark Read, the son of Dylan Thomas has paid serious attention to the business of winning races since his successful debut at Bendigo three years ago. Team Hawkes initially trained Not Listenin’tome for George’s father, multiple champion Hong Kong trainer John Moore, and the result from six starts was three wins, notably the MRC Zeditave S. G3, and three placings, including a second in Zoustar’s VRC Coolmore Stud S. G1. 

After a winless Spring 4YO campaign, the bay gelding was sent in December 2014 to his owner’s Hong Kong stable and quickly made his mark, with a first-up Group placing and success in the Sha Tin Vase HK-3 at his third appearance.

Although he physically resembles his champion Derby-and-Arc-winning sire, Not Listenin’tome’s racing aptitude is obviously closer to that of  his dam who won three 1000-metre juvenile races, and  the 1400-metre VRC Desirable S. LR at three. His victory in last weekend’s Jockey Club Sprint 1200m G2 was his fourth Hong Kong Group success and took his career earnings to $2.4 million.

Not Listenin’tome goes into next month’s ~$3.2 million Longines Hong Kong Sprint G1 with an international rating of 118, one point below last year’s winner Peniaphobia, the 2014 winner Aerovelocity & Lucky Bubbles, who all finished behind him on Sunday.

However, jockey Hugh Bowman doesn’t under-estimate the task ahead of Not Listenin’tome, who was a fine third in last year’s International Sprint. He said, “I feel he will have to run a little bit better than he did today to win in three weeks, because… it will be a stronger race. But that being said, if I can have the same run as I did last year, it will be very welcome, because I think I have the better horse.”

John Moore’s long list of major victories includes the 2008 Hong Kong Sprint with Flying Spur’s son Inspiration, while Not Listenin’tome’s owner Matthew Wong also raced Horse of the Year Makarpura Star and the very good sprinter Sunny Sing.

The Moore stable will be represented in all four of this year’s Hong Kong International Races by Designs On Rome (Hong Kong Cup), 2015 Horse of the Year Able Friend, Helene Paragon & Joyful Trinity (Hong Kong Mile) and Helene Happy Star (Hong Kong Vase), as well as Not Listenin’tome in the Sprint.

George has played a key role in the family business for more than a decade and is regularly seen at Australian yearling sales where he purchased Inspiration, Able Friend, 2016 Queensland Derby G1 winner Eagle Way and Group winners Admiration, Dashing Fellow & Running Tall.

His recent buys include another Arrowfield graduate, this time a $300,000 colt by Starcraft from the Redoute’s Choice mare Salutations, sourced from the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. Bought for Sebastian Man Shiu Wai, owner of this year’s Derby runner-up Victory Magic, he’s been named Victory Music. George reports, “He’s had two trials to date and is showing some nice ability at this stage.” 

Starcraft, currently second on the Hong Kong Sires’ list, has only two lots catalogued for the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Cast Sale, both of them offered by Arrowfield: a colt from Purring Flying and a filly out of Vortex. Arrowfield will offer Salutations’ colt by Animal Kingdom at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale.

Group 2 goes to Arrowfield graduate

Arrowfield graduate Not Listenin’tome returned to the winner’s circle on a Sunday evening with a polished performance in the $HK4 million HKJC Jockey Club Sprint 1200m G2.

His half-length defeat of a quality field, including his champion stablemate Able Friend (4th), Lucky Bubbles (2nd) and Group 1 winner Aerovelocity (3rd), surprised punters but it’s not out of place on his excellent record. He’s now won eight and placed in seven of his 27 starts for $2.4 million prizemoney and, while this win is his best, he’s also won four Group 3 races, and placed three times at Group 1 level.

One of those Group 1 placings was in last year’s Hong Kong Sprint and Hugh Bowman, who rode him then and on Sunday, is happy tobe  on board on 11 December.

He said, “I got a lovely run, he settled the best he’s ever settled for me. All the times I’ve ridden him have been over 1200m and in that time, all his best form has been over 1000 metres.

“Twelve months ago, after the Hong Kong Sprint, I thought that the 1200m was too far for him, or at least for him to produce his best, but obviously after what he produced this afternoon, it makes me very excited going into the international meeting.”

Not Listenin’tome (Dylan Thomas-Flame of Sydney by Encosta de Lago) was a $270,000 purchase by George Moore Bloodstock from Arrowfield’s draft at the 2012 Inglis Easter Sale and is prepared for Matthew Wong Leung Pak for champion Hong Kong trainer John Moore.

The 6YO gelding was bred with Mark Read by long-time Arrowfield client Michael Pitt, who said, “It’s wonderful to see Not Listenin’tome back in form. I’ve done really well with Flame Of Sydney and I might try to do it all again, as I do want to keep an involvement.”

Flame Of Sydney has been a wonderful racing and breeding story for Michael over the past decade. A $NZ230,000 buy out of Karaka in 2005, she earned $315,000 in a career that featured a Listed win at Flemington and multiple Group placings.

Her five yearlings, her broodmare daughter Star of Sydney and finally Flame Of Sydney herself, sold for $605,000 at the 2015 Inglis Broodmare Sale, have returned a healthy seven-figure sum, undoubtedly aided by Not Listenin’tome’s racetrack success.

And the story’s not over yet. Flame Of Sydney’s current 2YO Invader (by Snitzel) was fourth on debut for the China Horse Club and partners in the ATC Breeders’ Plate LR, and she has since produced a yearling filly and colt foal by Snitzel for her new owner Yulong Investments.

Meanwhile, Michael’s only current mare Tennessee Sunrise, from the brilliant family of dual Group 1 winner Malaguerra, has an attractive Smart Missile filly in Arrowfield’s draft for the 2017 Inglis Classic Sale in February.

Sun Jewellery seals a sparkling Hong Kong season

Snitzel’s 4YO son Sun Jewellery sealed a super Hong Kong season for Arrowfield stallions & graduates when he took out the last of the Club’s feature races, the Premier Cup 1400m HK-3, on Sunday evening.

Already winner of the HK-1 Classic Mile & Classic Cup earlier this year,  Sun Jewellery scored with panache if not dominance, after jumping well to take up the inside running while Dashing Fellow pressed on from his wide gate towards the lead where was soon joined by Dundonnell.

Joao Moreira angled Sun Jewellery out at the 350-metre mark and he wound up to tackle Dashing Fellow just as Dundonnell began to fade. Dashing Fellow would not concede and Sun Jewellery had to produce all of his superior finishing speed to get the better of him by a short head, with Rewarding Hero 2.5 lengths away in third place.

Watch Sun Jewellery’s Hong Kong Premier Cup HK-3 win.

Dashing Fellow’s jockey Chad Schofield was in a good position to assess the quality of Sun Jewellery’s performance.

He said, “We had a very easy time up front, and with his light weight he sprinted hard. I thought the way he quickened we would be hard to beat, but that winner is very good. Even though we had another picnic out front, he still ran us down.”

Sun Jewellery’s trainer John Size agreed. “The pace suited the leader, but to get past him, he really had to sprint and work hard and sustain the run.

“He’s aimed at a race like the Hong Kong Mile in December, so we’ll ask him to do a little bit more in the new season and see if he shapes up for it.”

Not that Sun Jewellery (ex Tan Tat Star by Umatilla), with nine wins and $3.2 million from 13 starts, has to do any more to delight his owner-breeder Tung Moon Fai. Tan Tat Star has an unraced 3YO son Tan Tat Nova (by Not A Single Doubt), a weanling filly by Bel Esprit and is in foal to Manhattan Rain.

Sun Jewellery and Arrowfield graduates Contentment (Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup G1 & Sha Tin Trophy G2) & Not Listenin’tome (Bauhini Sprint Trophy G3) have won five Hong Kong feature races this season.

Contentment and Not Listenin’tome, both rated on 125, are among Hong Kong’s leading performers, while Sun Jewellery (110), Redoute’s Choice’s son Thewizardofoz (111) & Arrowfield-sold Blizzard (105) all look capable of improving their figures next season.

It’s been a busy month for Snitzel’s tribe with 22 wins around the world in 19 days, including the QTC Cup G2 victory by his newest stallion son Spill The Beans, bred & raced by Arrowfield and now standing at Aquis Farm in Queensland. 

Snitzel has also taken his season tally of Australian 2YO winners to 25 (26 including the South African-owned Heavenly Blue). With 42 days to go until the end of the 2015/16 season, he has a great chance to better the 32-year record of 26 Australian 2YO winners, set by Rory’s Jester in 1997/98.

Hong Kong Group double for Arrowfield & Inglis

Not Listenin’tome and Contentment have more in common than being highly impressive Australian-bred Group winners at Sha Tin on Thursday evening. 

Both are also Arrowfield graduates of Inglis yearling sales.

The Hong Kong International Sprint G1 is the obvious target for Not Listenin’tome after proving way too strong for his rivals in the National Day Cup HK-3.

The 5YO gelding jumped smartly and initially settled in a group behind the early leader Amber Sky, but when jockey Neil Callan pushed the button 400 metres out, the race was all over as Not Listenin’tome instantly sprinted clear to win by two lengths from Super Jockey in 55.90.

Watch Not Listenin’tome’s National Day Cup HK-3 win.

It was the second Hong Kong stakes win for Not Listenin’tome, also successful in last season’s Sha Tin Vase HK-3 after an excellent 3YO year for the Hawkes stable in Australia where he won the MRC Zeditave S. G3 and was twice Group 1-placed, behind Zoustar and Appearance.  With five wins & 5 placings from 15 starts, his earnings now exceed $A1 million.

John Moore, who prepares Not Listenin’tome for Matthew Wong Leung Pak, could not have been happier with the gelding’s performance.

“I’m absolutely gobsmacked – he’s finally done what I wanted him to do. This should take him on his way to become Hong Kong’s top sprinter.”

Not Listenin’tome (Dylan Thomas-Flame Of Sydney by Encosta de Lago) was bred by Michael Pitt & Mark Read and bought by George Moore for $270,000 from the Arrowfield consignment at the 2012 Inglis Easter Sale. Flame Of Sydney, herself a Flemington stakeswinner, has an unraced filly named She’s Got Power and a 2YO filly, both by Redoute’s Choice, a yearling colt by Snitzel and is foaling again to Snitzel this Spring.

Just over an hour later it was the turn of Contentment, Hong Kong’s Most Improved Horse last season and a $65,000 John Foote purchase from Arrowfield Stud at the 2012 Inglis Classic Sale.

He lined up in the Celebration Cup 1400m HK-3 where he settled comfortably in fourth spot for Joao Moreira while Beauty Flame and Divine Calling rolled along in front. Set alight round the turn, Contentment picked up strongly to hit the lead 200 metres out and win by a half-length from Giant Treasure in 1:21.17.

Watch Contentment’s Celebration Cup HK-3 win.

Moreira said, “He is a much more mature horse than he was last season and he showed us what we were expecting.

“I don’t think he is at his best at the moment and he still won, so we are very excited about what he will bring to his next races. Wherever he goes he will be competitive – he has heart.”

It’s the chestnut gelding’s first stakes victory among seven wins in Hong Kong, and takes his career prizemoney for owner Benson Lo Tak Wing to more than $A1.3 million.

Bred by Paul Favretto, Tony & Judy Hodgson, Paul Rowe and David & Peter Sinn, Contentment is a new stakeswinner for champion sire Hussonet, from the Commands mare Jemison, a relative of champion 2YO colt Align. Jemison is also the dam of 3YO and yearling colts by Charge Forward, a 2YO filly by Gio Ponti and a recently foaled filly by Animal Kingdom.

Completing a tremendous night at Sha Tin for Inglis & Arrowfield was Blizzard (Starcraft-Stormy Choice by Redoute’s Choice) who sustained a big run to catch Go Baby Go close to the finish of the Class 2 Beijing Handicap over 1200 metres. 

Watch Blizzard’s win at Sha Tin.

Blizzard was bred by Jonathan Munz’s GSA Bloodstock and offered by Arrowfield at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale where his trainer Ricky Yiu bought him for $75,000.  Five wins from 9 starts have now returned almost $A680,000 to Blizzard’s owner, the Infinitude Syndicate.