Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Moore's Golden Wonder

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Moore's Golden Wonder

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IT was once said of Arthur Moore that he plans for a race a year or more ahead. So Saturday could mark quite an occasion as the inform Irish trainer brings only his third runner to Britain this season for the Tripleprint Gold Cup.

Such care in planning has already paid off with eight-year-old chaser Lyreen Wonder, a reformed jumper of obstacles who will, if the ground rides soft, take his place in Cheltenham's [pound]100,000 event.

Three weeks ago Lyreen Wonder won Navan's Troytown Chase for the second successive year and now, as last season, he is coming on for the Tripleprint.

Mishap spoilt the plot 12 months ago as Moore's runner fell at the first ditch at Cheltenham when travelling sweetly, leaving the trainer to watch victory fall to another Irish runner in Go Roger Go.

This time Moore also has the Grand National-bound More Than A Stroll in the Tripleprint, trying for what would be the trainer's first win on British soil since 13 March, 1999 - the day Regency Rake won the Imperial Cup.

Since then losses have struck the Moore stables at Naas in County Kildare, including the deaths of Feathered Leader and Well Ridden plus retirement for Klairon Davis, though on the flip side the string has flourished by exploiting the rapid rise in prize money in Ireland.

Britain's loss has been Ireland's gain.

Moore said: "Racing is more competitive than ever in Ireland and that's a very good thing.

"Most races have an advertised value of 10,000 Irish pounds or more and you know if you win a race and add a few places you have practically covered a year's keep.

"Compare Sandown and Clonmel at the weekend and you'll see."

Painful words for owners with horses in Britain, as well as for those aching to see more of emerald standardbearers like Sackville competing over here.

Moore, who once made a habit of sending runners-admitted: "I would love to come to England more, but the incentive is not there." This is an argument that holds strong for most of the year, but will not be aired come Grand National day in April.

Plenty will be wishing Moore well in his quest to win the race, as his father Dan did when L'Escargot beat Red Rum 26 years ago. …

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