Dylan Thomas enjoyed more Hong Kong Group race glory on Sunday when the John Moore-trained Not Listenin’tome (6g Dylan Thomas-Flame Of Sydney, by Encosta De Lago) took the G2 Jockey Club Sprint.
Visiting Australian rider Hugh Bowman held off the Francis Lui-trained favourite Lucky Bubbles (Brett Prebble) by a half-length to win the 1,200 metre prize.
“Everything fell into place today,” said Moore, enjoying his fifth success in the race. “Today, he’d come into the race in fine form but he was the forgotten horse. We know when he’s at his best he can do something like he did today.
“Hugh rode him a great race, rode him to instructions. He got across, got a little bit of cover there and he kicked. Today, he was 100 per cent and he managed to beat the best of what we’ve got up here. If we can keep him in this fine form, we look forward to being competitive against the internationals.”
The six-year-old, bred in Australia by M A Pitt, looks set to line up in the HK$18.5 million Hong Kong Sprint on Sunday, 11 December.
Bowman added: “I got a lovely run, he settled the best he’s ever settled for me,” the rider said. “Twelve months ago, after the Hong Kong Sprint, I thought that the 1,200m 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.”