Ryan Moore compared Sunday’s Longines Hong Kong Vase winner Mogul to the Aidan O’Brien-trained great Dylan Thomas, after capturing a second top-level success in breathtaking fashion.
The highly regarded three-year-old travelled strongly from a prominent position before showing an electric turn of foot in the straight to swoop past locally-trained favourite Exultant and stay on for a three-length victory.
The success started a big day for Moore, who then guided Japanese-trained outsider Danon Smash to a surprise victory in the Sprint, from the widest draw. He still has a big chance for a Group 1 treble with the outstanding Magical in the featuring Hong Kong Cup (8.30).
(Magical finished third behind Normcore and Win Bright -tt)
But Moore is already eyeing more success for Mogul, spotting similarities with the mind and ability of six-time top-level winner Dylan Thomas. That great son of Danehill won the Arc as a four-year-old in 2007, and Mogul was slashed to 12-1 (from 33-1) by Unibet to complete the same feat.
Moore said: “He got there very comfortably and he just lacks a bit of maturity still. I wouldn’t have wanted to be in front when I was but he was going and I had to commit. He was just waiting when he was in front, having a good look and taking it all in.
“He’s a beautiful-looking horse and he reminds me of Dylan Thomas. I never rode him but he’s a similar type of horse with lots of ability and a good mind.”
Mogul, one of O’Brien’s Arc absentees, was last seen finishing fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf behind Tarnawa. And Sunday’s success makes Aidan O’Brien the leading trainer in the Hong Kong Vase with three wins in total, the previous two thanks to Highland Reel’s efforts in 2015 and 2017.
Mogul’s win was one of two top-level wins on the day for the jockey, who also sparked a surprise in the Sprint on Japanese raider Danon Smash. The Takayuki Yasuda-trained runner charged home in the final stages to snatch it by half-a-length.