Joao Moreira is placing his faith in a pair of Group 1 novices in Sunday’s (28 January) feature races at Sha Tin Racecourse, as he seeks a first top-flight win this term.
The Brazilian ace, fresh from last Sunday’s Hong Kong Classic Mile score on Nothingilikemore, looks to Beat The Clock in the G1 Centenary Sprint Cup (1200m) and Seasons Bloom in the G1 Stewards’ Cup (1600m). The former is untested above G3 grade, while the latter’s first effort in the highest tier came in December when a fine fourth in the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile.
Seasons Bloom, in fact, has given Moreira his only Pattern race win this term, a dashing victory in the G2 Jockey Club Mile back in November.
“It’s a tough race but he’s one of those making it tough,” the champion jockey said of trainer Danny Shum’s charge.
Moreira retains belief that the Captain Sonador gelding has the ability to reverse form with the three horses that finished ahead of him in last month’s showcase international mile, Beauty Generation, Western Express and Helene Paragon.