Joao Moreira enjoyed one of his most prolific days in the saddle on Sunday at Sha Tin with a six-timer and he heads to Wednesday’s (23 September) eight-race programme at Happy Valley looking to continue his red-hot form with a full book of mounts, including Beauty Applause (120lb) in the feature, the Class 2 Big Wave Bay Handicap (1200m).
“It was a day I’ll never forget!” Moreira said. “I needed a good day like that badly, as I needed to build up my confidence for myself and of course the relationships with the trainers.”
The Brazilian ace has had a flying start to the 2020/21 season with 14 wins from five race meetings and he leads by six in the jockeys’ premiership, with Zac Purton and Karis Teetan locked on eight wins.
“I knew I was going to have a good start to the season but six winners in a day at the beginning is always a big plus and hopefully we can keep on kicking winners,” he said.
Moreira’s book of midweek mounts is highlighted by his renewed association with the John Size-trained Beauty Applause in the finale, a hot sprint which features 11 others and in which the flashy chestnut will make his city circuit debut.
“It’s his first time at the track, so no one knows but he’s the kind of horse who indicates that Happy Valley won’t be a problem,” Moreira said.