A treble at Happy Valley tonight (Wednesday, 25 September) saw Joao Moreira hit double figures for the season, the first rider to reach that minor marker in what is already shaping to be a hard fought and enthralling tussle for the jockeys’ premiership.
“I’m trying my best and I’m making the most of every opportunity I’m being given. I don’t think that’s it, I think there are more winners to come and I will keep on doing my best,” Moreira said.
The three-time champion left the season’s sixth fixture with 10 wins on the board, one more than last season’s champ Zac Purton and two ahead of the in-form Karis Teetan.
Moreira wrapped up his three-timer in the night’s ninth and final contest, the Class 3 Yip Fat Handicap (1200m), on the Peter Ho-trained Le Terroir (116lb). The gelding carried Purton to two wins last term but Moreira revealed that he had long coveted the ride on the Star Witness gelding.