Joao Moreira: five-timer at Sha Tin's big meeting on Sunday

Joao Moreira: five-timer at Sha Tin’s giant assembly on Sunday

Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/footage)

The scene is acquainted against the top of any main raceday all over the world. Some key gamers are jubilant as darkness falls, others head house ruminating on what went fallacious. Sha Tin on Sunday used to be no exception as nightfall fell and the 2019 Hong Kong World Races will pass down as an epic day for some and a forgettable one for others.

Moreira again within the groove 

Joao Moreira used to be the most important person winner. This used to be the primary anniversary of his go back to Hong Kong after a spell in Japan and he marked it in taste, powering transparent on Glory Vase within the Vase previous to turning in Beat The Clock with a superbly timed run within the Dash.

The Magic Guy used to be no longer his bubbling self all over a lot of closing season however a five-timer on Sunday leaves him 12 transparent of arch rival Zac Purton on the best of the jockeys’ desk. The spring in his step is definitely and really again, and that spells hassle for Purton and the remainder of the Hong Kong jockey colony.

Dimension triumph over with pleasure

John Dimension isn’t given to extra emotion however a variation on one phrase stood out as he mirrored on Beat The Clock’s dramatic Dash good fortune.

“Humbling” used to be the phrase he used to explain the sight of his strong big name giving each and every ounce however his satisfaction no doubt prolonged well past the winner. Dimension additionally educated runner-up Scorching King Prawn, who produced a career-best after severe colic issues, along side gallant Mile runner-up Waikuku.

Beat The Clock and Joao Moreira win the Hong Kong Dash at Sha Tin

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Dimension has no longer been as prolific on HKIR day as you may be expecting for a person who has gained 11 titles, with 8 seconds to move along with his 3 winners. However the mark of a best instructor is to get horses to top at the special occasion. And this used to be an afternoon when he did simply that.

Purton out of success

Zac Purton emerged from the weighing room taking a look like a person who have been panning for gold best to get a hold of bronze. Hong Kong’s champion wanted yet another good fortune to overcome Gerald Mosse’s file of 8 HKIR wins however Exultant, Aethero and Good looks Era all completed 3rd.

Good looks Era and Zac Purton sooner than completing 3rd within the Hong Kong Mile

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Purton understands high-quality margins higher than any individual and his fears that stall 14 would impede Exultant’s Vase possibilities have been borne out. There might be lots extra giant days in thrilling younger sprinter Aethero, however Good looks Era is not the sector’s best miler and, like many Hong Kong stars sooner than him, it kind of feels seven is the age when Father Time begins to drag at his tail.

Aethero stays a best prospect

John Moore has been one in every of Dimension’s largest competitors for the easier a part of two decades however his ultimate HKIR with a Hong Kong coaching license didn’t pass to plot as Aethero and Good looks Era got here up quick.

Aethero used to be discovered to have a fever on Monday and stays via a ways probably the most thrilling younger horse within the Hong Kong scene however the short- and long-term questions surrounding him are intriguing.

Will he be given a wreck or leap again in towards the hardened Dimension stars once more subsequent month? Will he be examined over additional given the room on the best over seven furlongs to a mile? Most significantly, who might be coaching him when Moore has to retire because of achieving 70 subsequent summer time?

Thrilling instances for Japan

Japan’s long-term plan to reproduce and race Grade 1 horses everywhere the sector has labored out higher than any individual will have imagined in 2019.

Almond Eye began the ball rolling in Dubai in March; Win Shiny gave it added momentum in Hong Kong in April, whilst Deirdre’s well-known Nassau good fortune at Goodwood used to be adopted via Mer De Glace and Lys Gracieux outpointing the most efficient middle-distance horses in Australia.

Appreciate Mars (Christophe Soumillon) wins the Hong Kong Mile

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The Land of the Emerging Solar ruled once more at Sha Tin on Sunday. Glory Vase barged his method into the sector’s elite with a runaway Vase win, whilst Appreciate Mars swooped below Soumillon within the Mile and Win Shiny used to be at it once more within the Cup.

The Arc stays the Holy Grail and, if this season is any information, it’s extra a question of when somewhat than if the Eastern nationwide anthem rings round Longchamp.

To not be for Britain and Eire

Unplaced efforts from Zaaki, Aspetar, Younger Rascal and Prince Of Arran showed there’s little price in Britain sending the B group, whilst Aidan O’Brien’s combined file at Sha Tin persisted with a dull effort from Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck, and a luckless Cup 2d for Magic Wand.

Win Shiny (proper) beats Magic Wand within the Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin

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Certainly, the Cup used to be without equal “would’ve, may’ve, must’ve” contest.

Almond Eye would have no doubt gained via sunlight had she no longer spiked a temperature the former week. Glory Vase and Exultant will have gained it had their connections no longer opted for the Vase. And Magic Wand would have gained it had she no longer been in need of room greater than as soon as below Ryan Moore within the instantly.

All in all, a irritating finish to the yr for Ballydoyle. However HKIR 2019 seemed below severe risk for a number of months. And the truth it went forward – with file turnover boosted via main world hobby – used to be a vital good fortune for Hong Kong racing general.


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FIRST PUBLISHED 3:25PM, DEC 10 2019



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