Full Of Beauty made it five wins on the bounce to give trainer John Size and his stable jockey Joao Moreira a win which may offer a pinch of mild consolation for a near-miss in the BMW Hong Kong Derby this afternoon at Sha Tin Racecourse (Sunday, 17 March).
“He’s a fantastic horse. He has progressed since the last time I was on board because he’s been coping with every situation he’s been put into,” Moreira said after partnering the four-year-old to a three-quarter-length success in the Class 2 Ambitious Dragon Handicap (1200m).
The Darci Brahma four-year-old overcame an outer draw (10) and an 11-point ratings rise to hold off Water Diviner. The manner of the win was pleasing, rather than flash, and again suggested a bright future in the higher grades.
“It’s very hard to predict where he’ll end up but we can see him picking up and he’s likely to be – in a few months’ time – matching the big guys,” the Brazilian said.