Joao Moreira has plenty of respect for his competition in the Longines International Jockeys’ Challenge at Happy Valley on Wednesday.
Ryan Moore, William Buick, Tom Marquand and Hollie Doyle will join locally-based Moreira, Zac Purton and Neil Callan in what has become a traditional event ahead of the big International meeting at Sha Tin on Sunday.
With Mickael Barzalona, Karis Teeton and Pierre-Charles Boudot also involved, some of the best jockeys in the world are taking part.
“There’s no doubt it’s going to be a very interesting jockeys’ challenge,” said ‘Magic Man’ Moreira.
“It looks like the club has done a good job to share the rides to everyone else in a fair way.
“I’m actually happy with the rides I’ve got. There’s no doubt we can have some fun.
“These races are going to be very even races. From the first to the fifth horse, there won’t be much difference.
“Luck is going to play a lot of luck in this game.
“I have no doubt local jockeys have the advantage of riding every day on the city track but don’t forget these jockeys coming over here, they are high-quality jockeys and they are able to adapt very quickly, understand and pick up from everybody, even watching replays.”
He added: “I would describe Happy Valley as one of the most difficult places to adapt and get used to but I also don’t underestimate these guys that are coming because if they’ve been selected, there are no doubts they are good jockeys and they are going to get used to it quick and do the best they can on this track straight away.”