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HONG KONG: Moreira five-timer bring up notable landmark
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HONG KONG: Moreira five-timer bring up notable landmark
on 29 March 2020
Joao Moreira rode five winners at Sha Tin on Sunday and became one of a handful of riders to reach the 900-winner mark in Hong Kong

‘MAGIC Man’ Joao Moreira lived up to his nickname once more at Sha Tin with a special five-timer on Sunday, reaching a career total of 900 winners.

The meeting went ahead only after being given a last-minute reprieve, as stringent new measures were brought in to tackle the spread of Covid-19, with gatherings in Hong Kong limited to a maximum of four people.

Course officials remain optimistic they will be able to carry on racing, however, because there are currently no restrictions on how many people may gather at a workplace, so with owners now barred from attending, it is argued racing falls into that category.

Moreira, who is involved in a tussle with Zac Purton to be champion jockey in Hong Kong, got the ball rolling on John Moore’s Above in the Tai Hang Tung Handicap.

In the following Lai Kok Handicap, Moreira steered odds-on favourite Fantasy to victory, before Purton pulled one back on Grade One in the Shek Kip Mei Handicap.

Moreira then teamed up with John Size twice to win the second division of the So Uk Handicap on Juneau Park and then the Nam Shan Handicap on Picken.

Purton made sure it was not all one-way traffic by winning the Pak Tin Handicap on Band Of Brothers, before Moreira completed a fine day by winning the Chak On Handicap on Shining Ace for Size, giving the trainer his own treble.

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