MOREIRA HITS 800 IN RECORD TIME
Hard on the heels
of Zac Purton reaching 1000 HK winners, his arch rival Joao Moreira also
reached a notable milestone last week.
The brilliant Brazilian became the fastest man ever to pass the 800 mark when Such A Happiness formed the middle leg of a treble at Sha Tin last Sunday and is keen to maintain his strong run into next season.
"It's a nice
round number but I don't want to get stuck there, I want to be moving
forward," he said.
Moreira's move for
next season involves stepping away from his current role as stable jockey to
John Size to return to a freelance role. He has done well to ride 84 winners
this term since returning from Japan in December and, with far greater freedom
next season, his battle for the title with Purton promises to be very close
PURTON PERSISTENCE PAYS AS WARRIOR RETURNS
rides is crucial to any jockey's progress in Hong Kong and Purton's persistence
has paid off with the plum ride aboard Voyage Warrior in the Ma On Shan
Handicap (9.05) at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Ricky Yiu's gelding bruised a sky-high reputation when losing his unbeaten record to Thanks Forever last month but the winner has bolted up again since and Purton steps in for the suspended Karis Teetan.
been asking for the ride and after I spoke to the owner it was an easy
decision," said Yiu.
Warrior is a pure athlete, he’s a natural. I don’t find any problems for
him in Class 3, even carrying top weight,” he added. “I’ve had a look at the
field, it’s not particularly strong and we have a winning machine on his back
so he’ll do well again.”
WORLD POOL IN MOTION
Dettori's Thursday four-timer was the biggest betting story of Royal Ascot but
the launch of the World Pool may well have longer term implications.
partnership with Ascot and Totepool got off to a very solid start, with turnover
of well over £100m spread across five days and some notable payoffs for those
with the foresight to identify live outsiders.
Great fun talking all things World Pool, Swingers and Placepots for Royal Ascot today 🎩 pic.twitter.com/FrvHozMT9D
— josh apiafi (@joshapiafi) June 19, 2019
Friday's Coronation Stakes winner Watch Me paid 32-1 in the World Pool against an SP of 20-1, while Thanks Be (41-1 against 33), Biometric (45-1 against 28), South Pacific (41-1 against 22), Raffle Prize (33-1 against 18) and Afaak (29-1 against 20) provided further evidence of the value to be found in going against the crowd.
Some of Ascot's huge fields present problems in offering the full range of exotic pools that Hong Kong punters thrive on but that can be addressed in due course and the World Pool concept looks sure to be extended, with Champions Day in October high on the list of likely short-term options.