by David Morgan
Joao Moreira will side with Seasons Bloom (117lb) in Sunday’s (3 September) opening day feature, the Class 1 HKSAR Chief Executive’s Cup Handicap (1200m), and the champion jockey is looking for the talented galloper to produce a springboard performance.
Seasons Bloom’s efforts last term earned high rank among Hong Kong’s four-year-olds. Danny Shum’s charge nicked two wins on the bounce before making the frame behind Horse of the Year Rapper Dragon in both the Hong Kong Classic Mile and Hong Kong Classic Cup.
Moreira got his hands on the Captain Sonador gelding’s reins for the first time when Seasons Bloom closed out his debut Sha Tin campaign with a Class 2 score at a mile. That was back in June and the Brazilian was evidently impressed.
“I’m riding him on Sunday because I think he can be a serious horse in the big races this season, even though the distance this weekend looks sharp for him. Looking to the future, the mile races that are coming up, he’ll be a good ride to have,” Moreira said.