Joao Moreira relinquished his lead in the jockeys’ title race to reigning champion Zac Purton at Happy Valley midweek and both riders are psyched for an unrelenting fight for the crown through the season’s final four months.
Purton appears to have the momentum at present. The Australian has sparkled in March with 18 wins, 11 in the last four meetings, while Moreira has secured only eight during the month.
“I’ve come from a few winners behind Joao and now we’re at about the same mark so it appears as if the momentum is probably with me, but I did see Joao’s interview the other day and he says he’s got lots of bullets so I’ve always got to be wary of the support that he’s going to get,” Purton said.
Purton has 90 wins in the bag, a one-win advantage over his fellow three-time Hong Kong champion, but Moreira too is ready for the long run to 15 July at Happy Valley when the curtain is scheduled to fall on the 2019/20 season.
“My thought is that it’s good for the sport and everyone watching will enjoy seeing it, it’s a race, it’s a battle – Zac is good for me and I’m good for him, in that we both push each other forward. I just think everyone will benefit from that,” Moreira said.
“If I win or if I don’t, I want to look back and say I’ve done my very best.”