Fresh off Group 1 success and a treble on Sunday (24 January) at Sha Tin, Hong Kong’s leading jockey Joao Moreira is looking to keep his momentum rolling in his bid for a fourth jockeys’ championship.
Moreira has 15 wins through January and 75 this season after nailing a treble and his third consecutive G1 Centenary Sprint Cup (1200m) triumph two days ago, and he leads the title race by 23 ahead of great championship rival Zac Purton (52 wins).
“I was on board some really nice horses on Sunday and I just couldn’t be any happier than what I was when I went back home – no doubt the highlight was the Group 1 Centenary Sprint Cup with Hot King Prawn,” Moreira said.
But as the mid-point of the season nears in one week time, the Brazilian ace is not letting up in his quest to be crowned champion again after taking a full book of nine rides at the season’s 41st of 88 race meetings on Wednesday (27 January) at Happy Valley.
“Jockeys or trainers are nobody without support, it means if I am there, and I’m sitting there (on top at the end of the season), it means I’ve been getting good support and I just have to highlight that I do appreciate this,” Moreira said.