Joao Moreira capped a four-timer at Happy Valley on Wednesday (28 October) with a smart victory aboard Columbus County in the Class 2 Time Warp Handicap (1800m) for trainer Caspar Fownes.
“We know how hard it is to win one race in Hong Kong, when you go home with four in the bag it’s very pleasing and I’m thankful for all of the support I’ve been getting,” Moreira said.
The three-time champion made it 30 wins for the campaign and extended his lead to 10 wins over Zac Purton at the top of the jockeys’ championship, with 16 of the season’s 88 race meetings now completed.
“I wouldn’t be winning theses races on my own, I’ve been given support from a lot of different trainers and thankfully I’ve turned that support into good numbers,” Moreira said.
Columbus County was the Brazilian’s wrap-up victory in the evening’s finale, the five-year-old scoring with an impressive, rail-hugging success against a quality field of Class 2 gallopers.
“I just couldn’t be any happier than what I am to be given the chance to ride such a nice horse, he’s done it like a good horse: he jumps well with them, he settles nicely four or five back on the fence, and when horses start to pick up he picks himself up,” Moreira said.