Joao Moreira has been given the green light to return to the Hong Kong riding ranks after officials approved an application by trainer John Size for the ‘Magic Man’ to be his stable jockey.
Trainer Richard Gibson is optimistic that recent stable acquisition Gold Mount can take a positive step towards LONGINES Hong Kong International day in Sunday’s (18 November) G2 BOCHK Jockey Club Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin.
Trainer Daniel Meagher admitted he might have overcooked his Singapore Gold Cup contender Secret Win earlier this prep, but he has since done a few tweakings which he hoped will pay dividends on Sunday.
There will be a six-strong kiwi-bred contingent contesting Sunday’s S$1.35 million Singapore Gold Cup which will be run over the shorter distance of 2000m this year.
One of the most historic races in the Hong Kong calendar tops the bill at Sha Tin this Sunday (4 November) and the Group Three Sa Sa Ladies’ Purse (1800m) – with a tradition dating back over 170 years – revolves around a handful of fascinating riddles.
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.