Joao Moreira’s brilliant best was on show today (20 September) at Sha Tin as he collected a superb six-timer which he capped with victory aboard the impressive Excellent Proposal.
“I just hope that I can keep it up – it’s not going to be an easy season,” Moreira said.
Fresh off a Wednesday treble, Moreira brought his dazzling midweek form to Sha Tin but he took it up a few notches, three to be exact as he won six out of the ten races on today’s card.
Despite leading the premiership table by six (with 14 wins), the ‘Magic Man’ was quick to quash any title talks, though, he does have one target in mind: December’s Hong Kong International Races.
“It’s just the beginning of the season, we have so much to look forward to and I don’t want to put the premiership in my mind – I want to concentrate on these good horses and hopefully I am on board some nice ones when we get closer to December,” Moreira said.
Now in his eighth season, Moreira has excelled with 959 Hong Kong wins to his name and is fourth on the all-time list. His 152 winners this season and last includes 15 trebles, three four-timers, three five-timers and one six-timer – which he took today.
His headline-making exploits on the track have also seen him bag an extraordinary eight wins in a day – a Hong Kong record – at Sha Tin on 5 March, 2017. He’s also ridden eight at single meetings in Singapore and his native Brazil.
Today the 36-year-old sealed his superb six aboard the John Size-trained Excellent Proposal in the Class 2 Cheung Shan Handicap (1600m) and the four-year-old did so in style, issuing a warning to those on a Four-Year-Old Classic Series trail.
“Only good horses can do what he’s just done, to come from the widest gate and get stuck four-wide and still make it in good fashion,” Moreira said.