Joao Moreira is looking forward to taking on the mighty Beauty Generation once more with Waikuku in the Longines Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin.
‘Magic Man’ Moreira is the regular partner of the John Size-trained gelding and was in the plate last time out, when the former John Oxx inmate recorded a career-best effort in the Jockey Club Mile – with Beauty Generation only third.
The three-time Hong Kong champion jockey believes the Irish import may have more to offer too on Sunday.
“When I got on him in the parade ring last time, I already got the feeling that he was a different horse compared to his first race this season – and the performance he put on proves that,” he said.
“I think he’s got everything to go and take another step of improvement – he’s had two races and a barrier trial, and that’s all he needs to come up and show his best, and if he can produce the form he’s shown in his last two starts I’ve got no doubt he’s going to be hard to beat.”
In the Sprint, Moreira has opted to stay faithful to the Size-trained Beat The Clock.
The Brazilian-born rider said: “It was a difficult decision because of the ability of the other horses around him that I might have had an opportunity to ride, particularly Aethero.
“How can you let down a horse that has been so consistent for you? I could not do that.
“I think there is more in him, I honestly do. I honestly would wish for him to have had one more run under his belt this season, but John Size has done the best he could to put him where he is at the moment.
“We’re going to the race, knowing he’s very consistent and as good as any other horse in the race. If he’s able to produce his best, he’s a winning chance.”
The third of Moreira’s big mounts on the glittering card comes in the Vase, aboard appropriately-named Japanese raider Glory Vase.
He said: “I hope I’m not wrong about him – I actually like the form he has, going in.
“You can forget his last run, because he was exposed three or four wide without cover and travelling a bit too strongly.
“But if you look at his form prior to that, he actually has good form. He’s won a Group Two and he’s been placed in a Group One, and that’s what you need to come here and be competitive.
“I’ve got plenty to look forward to at the weekend.”