Joao Moreira

Forget BC and AD - Moreira ensures it's now BM and AM

Joao Moreira has made such an indelible mark in his four months here, the Hong Kong racing scene can be measured in BM and AM - 'before Moreira' and 'after Moreira'. Photos: Kenneth Chan

Zac Purton dominating, dueling with Douglas Whyte and riding a card full of favourites, Karis Teetan grinning his way to a treble, even the local kids winning races:  Saturday at Sha Tin was a glimpse into the years BM – that is, “before Moreira” – a time not too long ago.

Monday, 3 March, 2014, 7:29pm

Military prepares for Dubai attack after impressive Gold Cup win

A jubilant Joao Moreira parades Military Attack in front of the Sha Tin crowd as the reigning Horse of the Year heads back to the winner's circle. Photos: Kenneth Chan

John Moore was chasing a Dubai World Cup start for Military Attack and Akeed Mofeed was left chasing shadows as the match race of the season fizzed into a non-event in the Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup (2,000m) on Sunday.

24 Feb 2014 - 10:45am

How Berry and Prebble put 'Magic Man' Moreira in his place

Tommy Berry's ride on Designs on Rome in the Classic Cup was the difference between winning and losing, as it played to the disadvantages of hot favourite Able Friend (Joao Moreira). Photo: Kenneth Chan

Two great feature-race winning rides – full of character but very different in nature – by Tommy Berry and Brett Prebble consigned new golden boy Joao Moreira to his own test of character on a memorable Sunday at Sha Tin.

17 Feb 2014 - 9:25pm

Classic victory for Designs on Rome as favourite Able Friend upstaged

Tommy Berry celebrates his victory on Designs on Rome in the Classic Cup, with stablemate Able Friend (Joao Moreira) a vanquished favourite. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Another odds-on chance bit the dust in the Hong Kong Classic Cup (1,800m) as Designs On Rome leapfrogged Able Friend to become the new Derby favourite.

16 Feb 2014 - 10:40pm

Strong start crucial for Purton upset in Jockey Challenge

Zac Purton can upset Joao Moreira in the Jockey Challenge. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Short-priced favourites in the two feature races ensure Joao Moreira is top pick in Sunday's Jockey Challenge at Sha Tin, but better value may be found shopping elsewhere - and backing Zac Purton - on an otherwise wide-open day.

15 Feb 2014 - 9:23pm

Third time lucky for Access Years and Moreira in Triple Trio

Joao Moreira wins on Access Years in November. Victory has eluded the pair the last two times John Size's galloper has raced. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Another low draw, another Class Three handicap with a big weight, and John Size-trained Access Years is likely to start favourite again too, but punters will be hoping for a change of luck for the sprinter in the middle leg of Sunday's Triple Trio at Sha Tin.

13 Feb 2014 - 8:28pm

Life's great mysteries - and why Zac doesn't ride for Size, Cruz, and now Moore

A sight unlikely to be seen again any time soon – Zac Purton and John Moore at trackwork earlier this season. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Take the mysteries of Stonehenge, the Bermuda Triangle, the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot combined and you don’t come close to the head-scratcher that is leading jockey Zac Purton essentially not riding for the three major stables in town.

14 Feb 2014 - 9:31am 2 comments

Purton could still snatch the title, warns rampant Moreira

Joao Moreira scores an emphatic five-length victory in the last event aboard Flame Hero to complete his four-timer at Sha Tin on Saturday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Joao Moreira believes leader Zac Purton is the most likely winner of the Jockeys' Championship, even after a four-timer at Sha Tin took him to within nine wins of his rival at the halfway mark of the season.

8 Feb 2014 - 10:54pm

Yip brings up milestone winner with a double

Joao Moreira and Dennis Yip celebrate after Telecom Prince becomes Yip's 500th winner as a trainer. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Dennis Yip Chor-hong knew the comedown from his fairytale Trainers' Championship of last season would be tough but after a slow first half of the term a double at Sha Tin got things moving in the right direction for the stable.

8 Feb 2014 - 10:56pm

No value, but Moreira to dominate Challenge

Joao Moreira had a night to forget on Wednesday, but can rebound at Sha Tin on Saturday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

It is hard to go past Joao Moreira as the likely winner of the Jockey Challenge at Sha Tin, even if his odds-on quote doesn't look the greatest value bet.

Moreira is the only rider with a full book of 10 rides, and on what could easily be a wide open day, the Magic Man was installed $1.80 early favourite before firming into $1.60 last night.

7 Feb 2014 - 9:31pm

Man of the moment Moreira delivers for Hall

Joao Moreira is all smiles after winning on Divine Ten, which formed part of his treble. He has closed to within 13 wins of leader Zac Purton. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Joao Moreira's momentum continued unabated with a treble that moved him ever closer to the Jockeys' Championship lead, but two of the in-demand jockey's winners - both for David Hall - might not have been and were only confirmed within minutes of declarations.

2 Feb 2014 - 10:21pm

Ricky Yiu hopes Joao Moreira sticks with Amber Sky

Amber Sky with owner Hung Kam Po and jockey Joao Moreira after Wednesday's impressive win. Photo: SCMP

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.

31 Oct 2013 - 12:44pm

A Good Week for ... , December 9, 2012

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9 Dec 2012 - 3:06am

Brilliant Joao Moreira wins International Jockeys' Championship in style

Joao Moreira roars with joy after taking the first leg of the series on All the Winners. He went on to take the International Jockeys Championship by a nose in the final leg on Noble Deluxe. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Brilliant Brazilian jockey Joao Moreira may make Hong Kong his next port of call after landing a thrilling Longines International Jockeys' Championship at Happy Valley night.

6 Dec 2012 - 2:43am

Three out of four not bad at all for Ho

Noble Deluxe (outside) narrowly wins the fourth leg of the series for trainer Peter Ho to give Joao Moreira the title. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Other than Singaporean series winner Joao Moreira, Peter Ho Leung was the main beneficiary of the International Jockey Challenge, his horses winning three legs of the series - and it could have easily been a clean sweep for the local trainer.

6 Dec 2012 - 2:18am