Joao Moreira’s startling ascent into racing’s stratosphere has encompassed yet another milestone with the Brazilian becoming only the third jockey in history to notch 1000 winners in Hong Kong.
The ‘Magic Man’ reached the monumental mark when John Size’s Incanto Prepared sealed the second leg of a Moreira running double at Happy Valley, winning the Class 4 Uranus Handicap (1650m) to propel the South American into an elite Hong Kong club.
Only Douglas Whyte (1813), the 13-times champion jockey, and Zac Purton (1209), have posted more victories in the world’s most competitive racing jurisdiction.
Moreira’s latest achievement – hewn from 4595 rides in Hong Kong – is the amiable horseman’s latest decoration and he appeared genuinely humbled after finishing the meeting with a treble.
“I can only describe it as a dream come true because I never dreamed that, to be honest, and I would never think that I could get to that mark in Hong Kong, knowing the place is such a tough place,” he said.
“I didn’t get there by myself – I had great support behind my back, pushing forward in all ways.
“Of course, good horses make the jockeys’ life much easier and I would describe the horses as the ones who make my life such a special life.