Ricky Yiu hopes Joao Moreira sticks with Amber Sky
Brazilian will probably have to choose between Yiu's horse and John Moore's Sterling City
Ricky Yiu Poon-fai believes Joao Moreira is the right fit for Amber Sky and hopes the Brazilian jockey sticks with the speed machine in the Group Two Jockey Club Sprint in just over two weeks.
Moreira will have to choose between Amber Sky and John Moore’s Sterling City – on whom he won the Group Two Premier Bowl last weekend – if the pair clash over 1,200m in the set weights and penalties event on November 17, as looks likely.
Amber Sky burst back into form with a 5 ½-length demolition of a quality Class Two field on Wednesday night up the 1,000m Sha Tin straight, where the four-year-old has notched all five of his career wins. Amber Sky was unplaced in his only start away from there, but with Moreira in the saddle Yiu thinks 1,200m, and more importantly a bend, won’t be a problem.
“I’m feeling optimistic that he will handle 1,200m, especially with Joao – he is a very good jockey,” Yiu said. “When Joao trialed him around the bend, over 1,050m on the dirt, he was able to corner very smoothly. In the past he was just too quick for a turn, and that’s why I kept him to the straight for so long.”
Moreira showed off his natural horsemanship with a neat but effective party trick in Wednesday’s win, allowing Amber Sky to travel through the early stages on his “wrong leg”, and then getting the horse to switch stride late as he looked to kick away.
“He wasn’t struggling on the wrong leg, I wasn’t worried and left him there because he wasn’t pulling and was just travelling nicely on the bit,” Moreira said. “But once I got him to switch legs to where he is more comfortable at the 350m, he just sped up and no one was going to get me then.”