Zero Hedge made all to land the Australian Turf Club Trophy Handicap (1200m) for the John Size/Joao Moreira alliance at Happy Valley Racecourse tonight, Wednesday, 4 July.
That win for Moreira was a required riposte to rival Zac Purton’s score in the evening’s opener and ensured that the defending champion remained within three wins of the premiership leader with three meetings remaining.
The Brazilian star was quick to heap praise on soon-to-be 10-time champion trainer Size, who took his own season’s tally to 87 after completing a double initiated when the Karis Teetan-ridden Noble Delight took race four.
“John Size, we know, is a great trainer, he has been doing so well and once again he had this horse spot on – it makes a jockey’s life easier!” Moreira said after steering the four-year-old to a two-length victory at odds of 2.4.
That was the rider’s third win from six rides on the Medaglia D’Oro gelding.
“He does nothing wrong, he’s a pretty straightforward horse,” he said. “Today he had a beautiful run in front. The other horse came and gave him a challenge but when we straightened up he was full of himself and just ran away.”