By News Team
Last Updated: 30th May 2020
Having spent Wednesday night watching title rival Zac Purton ride a treble from the sidelines, you can expect Joao Moreira to throw the kitchen sink at all of his 11 rides at Sha Tin on Sunday.
The Brazilian has a superior record to Purton at Sha Tin this season, riding almost 20% more winners at the track than the Aussie, and he looks to have another cracking book of rides.
Handsome chance for Moreira
Moreira may well have already bagged a couple of winners by the time Race 8 – Class 3 Eagle’s Nest Handicap (9:10am) – comes around, but this looks like one of his best chances of the day aboard HANDSOME BO BO.
The experiment to up him to a mile last time simply didn’t work out and the return to 6f is a positive, while he’s also been eased a pound for that performance.
The son of Helmet has placed seven times in Class 3 company, all from higher marks, so everything suggests he has a standout chance of notching a long-awaited win, particularly with the ‘Magic Man’ taking the reins.
Amazing Knight is an interesting runner towards the bottom of the weights. He was formerly known as Knight Shield when winning two from two for William Haggas in the UK, though he’s yet to hit the frame in three starts since moving to Hong Kong.
Lion Rock Victory on the cards
One of the season’s most exciting races was last month’s Group 1 FWD Champions Mile, where Southern Legend narrowly denied Beauty Generation a third crown by a nose in a pulsating finish.
The Group 1 victor that day drops into Group 3 company here for the Lion Rock Trophy (9:40am) and is undoubtedly a danger to all. He’s now a two-time Group 1 winner, having also won the Kranji Mile in Singapore, and any horse that’s able to lower the colours of Beauty Generation is a very good one.
However, he tends to blow hot and cold and the jury’s out as to whether he can replicate that performance, especially given how tough a battle it was.
The eye is then immediately drawn to Moreira’s mount Beauty Legacy. Moreira has partnered the winner of this race in three of the last four renewals and he looks to have every chance of extending that impressive sequence.
When you take into account times, HARMONY VICTORY comes into the equation.
The former has posted the fastest 1m time in an 11-runner field, coming on his final run of last season, and has finished in the first two on three of his seven starts this season. He’s been freshened up a bit with a welcome two months off the track and could run a huge race.