AS retiring in style goes, five-year-old Maurice will take some beating. In reportedly his final race before making a permanent move to stud, Maurice – ridden by jockey Ryan Moore – romped to victory in the Gr1 Longines Hong Kong Cup to claim its $3.22 million prize at Sha-Tin on Sunday.
After a slow start, Moore bided his time and calmly made his way through the field as Maurice added the Cup to last year’s win in the Hong Kong Mile.
Moore said after the race: “Fortunately there was good pace in the race and halfway down the back I thought it was setting up nicely for him and it was just a matter of finding the room.
“As soon as he got room and I put him into gear he just let down exceptionally well. He finished off easily and he got to the leader early and then he was just easing up really.He’s improved every time I rode him.”
If reports in the Chinese media are correct, and Maurice indeed is retired, he will retire to stud having put together an exceptional career, a multiple Group 1 winner with an overall record of 11-2-1 from 18 starts and earnings of more than $9.21 million. Maurice, who is owned by Kashumi Yoshida, is a son of Screen Hero out of the Carnegie mare Mejiro Frances. Screen Hero is a son of Grass Wonder who was by the good American grass sire Silver Hawk.