Joao Moreira’s likely return to Hong Kong’s racing scene doesn’t have reigning champion hoop Zac Purton worried.
Pick Number One and Ugly Warrior advanced through last season as two rising talents on Sha Tin’s inner dirt loop and will face each other for a second time in the Class 2 Tsuen Lok Handicap on Saturday, 13 October.
Education was at the core of Harmony Hero’s debut season in Hong Kong and while the Elvstroem gelding did not master everything the syllabus threw at him, the end of term report card had him pegged as a prospective A-grader.
Morethanlucky was a prominent player in the Frankie Lor success story last season and the trainer is looking to Saturday’s (22 September) Class 2 Washington D.C. Handicap (1400m) for a signal that the five-year-old can play a leading part this term, too.
Jolly Banner (124lb) and Chad Schofield paired to win the Class 1 Kwangtung Handicap Cup (1400m) last season and that combination will attempt to go back-to-back in Sunday’s (9 September) Sha Tin feature.