Joao Moreira has ended a challenging recent run with a familiar display of dominance, booting home a treble at Sha Tin on Sunday (24 October) in a display highlighted by the spectacular return of Master Eight and victory in the programme’s feature aboard Xiang Yin.
Cutting Zac Purton’s lead to nine – after trailing the Australian by 12 winners at one stage in the jockey championship tussle – Moreira roared back to form, while Frankie Lor, Tony Cruz and Francis Lui shared training honours with doubles.
Vincent Ho also chimed in with a brace as Master Eight’s triumph in the second section of the Class 3 Spoonbill Handicap (1200m) drew high praise from his trainer and jockey.
“He’s talented, promising. He didn’t disgrace in any aspect. He knew what we were asking him to do today and he just delivered. He’s a very nice horse to ride and he’s got a bright future,” Moreira said.
Lor was similarly impressed after the Oamaru Force gelding maintained an unbeaten record after three outings.