Joao Moreira believes Caspar Fownes-trained Senor Toba can parade BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) credentials when the grey contests the Class 2 Hong Kong Sports Institute 30th Anniversary Cup Handicap (2000m) at Sha Tin on Monday (27 December).
Hopeful of potentially sharing another Hong Kong Derby triumph with Fownes after Sky Darci’s epic victory last March, Moreira is confident Senor Toba – who ran second in the G1 Queensland Derby (2400m) on 29 May – has the requisite quality.
“My assessment of him is that he’s a very nice horse, very promising and he’s adapting to the Hong Kong environment, the pace of racing here and the track itself but he might be just ready to win because he’s got quality, he’s got ability,” the Brazilian said.
“We all think he’s a 2000 metre horse. The conditions suit him perfectly on Monday. I had a gallop on him this week (Thursday, 23 December) and he gave me such a good feel, so I would be very surprised if he goes there and doesn’t perform.”