Moreira to ride at winter carnival in potential Queensland coup

HONG Kong-based jockey Joao Moreira is expected to be the big attraction at several of the Brisbane Winter Carnival race days.

The Brisbane Race Club hopes Moreira, regarded by many as the best jockey in the world, will be available for all five of its feature race meetings.

Only last night, the champion jockey enjoyed Group 1 success when he piloted odds-on favourite Rapper Dragon to a comfortable victory in the Hong Kong Derby.

BRC racing manager Bart Sinclair said Moreira had been approached to ride at the Doomben 10,000, Doomben Cup, Kingsford Smith Cup, Queensland Oaks, and Stradbroke-Derby days.

“It all comes down to whether Hong Kong officials will give him a clearance for all five days. But we are hoping to get him for as many as possible,” Sinclair said.

“We have been in contact with Jo’s manager about possible rides.”

Moreira is a regular visitor to Australia and won last month’s Group 1 Oakleigh Plate on Sheidel.

On the track the BRC is continuing to chase some interstate stars for the carnival.

Perth Group 1 winner Scales of Justice is one horse the BRC is keen to attract.

 

Jockey Joao Moreira wins the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate on Sheidel last month. Picture: AAP
     

Scales of Justice, who won the Group On Railway Stakes in Perth during the summer, is part-owned by Brisbane’s Bill Andrews.

“We have spoken with Bill and he is keen for Scales of Justice to come but he has yet to hear from the trainer if it is too soon,” Sinclair said.

Newcastle mare In Her Time, a dual Group 2 winner of the recent Breeders’ Classic and Millie Fox Stakes in Sydney has been confirmed as a Brisbane carnival runner.

Joao Moreira aboard Circular holds off the fast-finishing Zasorceress at Flemington two weeks ago. Picture: Michael Klein
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