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Gr.2 Destined For Glory (Azamour) lines up Hong Kong's season opener
05 Sep 2013Destined for Glory (black and red colours)

Hong Kong Round-Up ANZ News.

Destined For Glory (Azamour) will aim to start the new season as he ended the last when he lines up in the HKSAR Chief Executive’s Cup at Sha Tin on Sunday, the feature race at Hong Kong’s season opener.

John Moore’s charge halted a 20-month win less streak on his latest outing when lifting the third last race of the 2012/13 season at the Happy Valley finale in July, after which, the trainer
fixed his eyes firmly on Sunday’s Class 1 over 1200m.  “Back at the end of last season he won on the last day, so I’ve kept him ticking over with this race in mind,” said Moore of the talented six-year-old.

Back in November 2011, Destined For Glory seemed aptly named when lowering Ambitious Dragon’s (Pins) colours to take the Jockey Club Mile (Gr 2, 1600m), but glory was hard
to come by thereafter.  

 Destined For Glory warmed up for a second consecutive tilt at 1200m with a tidy “win” in a 1000m turf barrier trial at the Pre-Season Carnival on Saturday 31 August. With Douglas Whyte in the saddle, Moore’s charge clocked 57.94s, the fastest time of the session, as he held fellow HKSAR CE Cup entrant, Go Baby Go (Medal Of Honor).

“His trial was very impressive and the jockey was very enthusiastic, saying if he could improve further from that trial run then he’s got to be the one to beat in the race,” said
the trainer.
“He showed toe and I’m enthusiastic about his chances. He’s done well, he doesn’t need any more work and he pulled up clean. He lost no muscle in the two weeks he was off after
last season and then we started swimming and he’s been set for this race. There isn’t a top tier sprinter in the race, as there can be some years, and so he would have a good chance.”

The HKSAR CE Cup has attracted eight entries. The Michael Chang-trained Rich Tapestry (Holy Roman Emperor), winner of the Sprint Cup (HK Gr 2, 1200m) last term, heads the weights on
133lbs, with the Dennis Yip-trained Go Baby Go allocated 129lbs.  Cerise Cherry (Goldkeeper), runner-up by a short-head in this race last season for trainer Derek Cruz, will bid to go one
place better under 127lbs, representing a mark 7lbs higher than 12 months ago. Tony Cruz, meanwhile, has engaged the smart pair of El Zonda (Fraam) (126lbs) and Best Eleven (Charge Forward) (124lbs). The Moore-trained Leading City (Shamardal) (117lbs) and Wah May Star (Fusaichi Pegasus) (107lbs) from the Me Tsui stable complete the entries.