HONG KONG Champion Jockey Joao Moreira’s startling ascent into racing’s stratosphere encompassed yet another milestone with the Brazilian becoming only the third jockey in history to notch 1000 winners in Hong Kong. The ‘Magic Man’ reached the monumental mark when John Size’s Incanto Prepared sealed the second leg of a Moreira double at Happy Valley late last year.
Only Douglas Whyte (1813), 13 times Champion Jockey, and Zac Purton (1209), have posted more victories in arguably the world’s most competitive racing jurisdiction. Moreira’s latest achievement, hewn from 4595 rides in Hong Kong, is the amiable horseman’s latest decoration and he appeared genuinely humbled after finishing the meeting with a treble.
“I can only describe it as a dream come true because I never dreamed that, to be honest, and I would never think that I could get to that mark in Hong Kong, knowing the place is such a tough place,” he said. “I didn’t get there by myself; I had great support behind my back, pushing forward in all ways. “Of course, good horses make a jockeys’ life much easier and I would describe the horses as the ones who make my life such a special one.
“I really enjoy doing what I do and I’m very pleased and glad to get to such a mark, a mark I never dreamed to get to. It’s very meaningful. “I must dedicate this to my family, my wife Taciana, my kids, my brothers and sisters and my mum, who are no doubt cheering for me to get to this mark and without their support, I would say I could never reach to this mark. “Their continued support is always the main thing behind the scenes.”