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Enforced Hong Kong retirement could see Moore head home

Hong Kong master trainer John Moore could head back to Sydney when the HKJC forces his retirement this season
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John Moore and jockey Hugh Bowman celebrate Werther's win in Hong Kong
Daryl Curnow 18 Aug 2019
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John Moore could join Sydney training ranks

Hong Kong-based trainer John Moore is open to continuing his career in Sydney if he is forced to retire from training in Hong Kong.

Moore, the winner of seven Hong Kong championships, has another 12 months in Hong Kong under the rules of compulsory retirement at 70.

The rule was changed from 65 to 70 to accommodate Moore who said Sydney was his preferred option if he had to leave Hong Kong.

More is currently in a battle with John Size for the Hong Kong Training Premiership with two meetings remaining - one at Happy Valley on Wednesday and one at Sha Tin on Sunday.

Size has a one-win advantage after Sunday.

Moore told Melbourne's RSN927 he would have to discuss future plans but a move to Sydney with the family is a distinct possibility.

"Whether I come back to Australia to train in Sydney is still to be discussed at the table with the family," Moore said.

"I'd like to. I'd like to come back and try and just see how I could go with respect to the training in Australia, because I still haven't trained a Group (One) in Australia yet.

"I've had two seconds in Group Ones with Super Kid a while back."

He said if he did return to train in Australia it would be in Sydney and not in Melbourne.

Moore is still hoping the HKJC reviews their decision to enforce retirement at a certain age.

"I've got a lot of people behind me, both owners and racegoers, that are really pushing hard behind the scenes to see if they could change the present status," he said.

Moore's brother Gary Moore is a trainer at Rosehill in Sydney and had good success with Takedown, which won the Winterbottom Stakes.

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