Joao Moreira and Danny Shum have laid down auspicious markers ahead of the glittering FWD Champions Day meeting at Sha Tin on Sunday (24 April) by posting trebles at Happy Valley on Wednesday night (20 April).
Regaining the lead in the Hong Kong jockeys’ championship from Zac Purton with victories on Diamond Star, Blastoise and Packing Famous, Moreira will attempt to continue the spree at Sha Tin at G1 level aboard Excellent Proposal (FWD Champions Mile), Columbus County (FWD QEII Cup) and Hot King Prawn (Chairman’s Sprint Prize).
Shum will be represented on Sunday by BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) victor Romantic Warrior and Tourbillon Diamond in the G1 FWD QEII Cup (2000m) and More Than This in the G1 FWD Champions Mile (1600m) after saddling Gorytus, Packing Famous and Namjong Sings this evening.
Moreira’s latest trio of wins leaves the Brazilian with a 106-104 margin over Purton, while John Size holds a 65-64 edge over Frankie Lor in the trainers’ championship.
Chris So celebrated a pair of career milestones in perfect fashion, reaching 300 career wins in Hong Kong and 100 victories at the city circuit with a double.
So reached the landmarks simultaneously when Vincent Ho prevailed atop Copartner Era, a son of Testa Rossa and a Hong Kong International Sale graduate, in the first section of the Class 4 Tseung Kwan O Handicap (1650m).