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Hong Kong Gold Cup Winner Military Attack Invited to Dubai World Cup

John Moore has his eyes on racing's richest purse after Horse of the Year Military Attack was elevated into the Dubai World Cup field on Tuesday, giving Hong Kong two horses in the US$10 million race for the first time.

Military Attack was initially invited for the US$5 million Dubai Duty Free, but after a dominant last-start win and a request from trainer Moore, he will now face Richard Gibson's Akeed Mofeed at Meydan on March 29.

After a three-length victory in last month's Group One Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup, Moore said Military Attack was a "live chance" in the 2,000m event.

"We're obviously thrilled to have a runner in the World Cup - and if we draw a gate, and the horse travels like he did when we went to Singapore last year, then he is capable of winning it," Moore said.

The quality of horseflesh [here] at the moment is of a very high standard TRAINER JOHN MOORE

Bullish Luck (2008) and Indigenous (2000) are the only other Hong Kong-trained horses to have taken part in the race.

"It's an honour for us and for Hong Kong racing," Moore said. "It's been a while since we have had a horse run in the race, so to have two shows that the quality of horseflesh [here] at the moment is of a very high standard."

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