Superstar Brazilian jockey Joao Moriera could make Brisbane carnival appearance

Joao Moriera rides Brazen Beau to victory at Flemington on Derby Day.

Joao Moriera rides Brazen Beau to victory at Flemington on Derby Day. Source: Getty Images


FREAKISH jockey Joao Moriera has been extended an invitation to join Zac Purton at this year’s Brisbane Carnival, with officials eyeing off a possible Stradbroke day appearance for the Brazilian.

Purton is a confirmed starter for BTC Cup, Doomben 10,000 and Stradbroke days, having been booked for Sacred Star, who races in the same interests as Purton’s Doncaster-George Main Stakes winner Sacred Falls.

To date, Purton is yet to crack it for a Group 1 win in Queensland, from only a handful of rides.

The Brisbane Racing Club and Racing Queensland are hopeful of securing Moreira for the carnival, despite his hectic schedule over the coming months.

It is understood Moreira has commitments for Dubai this weekend, then Randwick’s Championships next month, Singapore (May 17) and Royal Ascot (June 16-20), in addition to Hong Kong.

Moreira, who was first brought to Australia by Nathan Tinkler for his Patinack Farm operation in 2011, has won Group 1 races in Australia this season on He’s Your Man (Epsom) and Brazen Beau (Coolmore and Newmarket).

He is at unbackable odds to win this year’s Hong Kong Premiership in what will be his first full season there.

With Purton a confirmed starter, officials are also keen to bring Michael Rodd back from Singapore as well to rekindle a rivalry that first started when the pair were emerging apprentices in Brisbane a decade ago.

Rodd was successful in last year’s Doomben 10,000 on Spirit Of Boom.


Story courtesy Nathan Exelby

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