Joao Moreira became just the fifth rider in Hong Kong racing history to reach the 700-win milestone at Sha Tin today (Saturday, 16 June), partnering a treble to boot, but the Brazilian could not make any headway on rival Zac Purton in the jockeys’ championship as the Australian produced a treble of his own.
Moreira took the opener, the Class 4 Chai Wan Road Handicap (1000m), aboard the Michael Freedman-trained Lightning Steed, to join Douglas Whyte (1788), Tony Cruz (946), Purton (843) and Prebble (806) in the 700 club.
“It is very special,” said Moreira. “As I have said a number of times before, I never dreamed that I could reach such a number in Hong Kong, so I’m very pleased and proud of what I have achieved here. There is still plenty I want to achieve though, so hopefully it’s the start of a number of good things down the road for me.”
Moreira then took the Class 4 Tuen Mun Public Riding School Handicap (1200m) on Team Spirit for handler Chris So to make it a double from the first three races, while the jockey and trainer combined in the last to win the Class 3 Pok Fu Lam Country Park Handicap (1400m) with Top Beautiful.