Ruan Maia
Age: 36
Ruan Maia began his riding career in 2006 as an apprentice in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Maia was a leading jockey in his home country before setting his sights on an international career and in 2016 he made the move to Macau. Maia was crowned champion jockey in both of his only two full seasons he completed in Macau, finishing with 60 and 71 wins respectively, he also scored two major victories at MAC G1 level, claiming the Macau Gold Cup and Chairman’s Challenge Cup. In April 2018, Maia made his first visit to Singapore and tasted instant success aboard former Hong Kong-based galloper Circuit Land in the SIN G2 Chairman’s Trophy at Kranji. In May that same year he rode for the first time in Hong Kong at the 2018 Hong Kong Macau Trophy race day, and his best result from six rides on the card was a second atop the Tony Cruz-trained California Joy. At the start of 2020, Maia took the opportunity to shift base to Singapore and in his first full season he finished second in the Singapore jockeys’ championship to now four-time champion Vlad Duric by three wins, ending his first and only campaign in the Lion City with 62 wins at a win strike rate of 17.7%. Included in those wins are two SIN G1 victories aboard Aramaayo in the Kranji Mile and Raffles Cup. Maia’s most prolific day in the saddle came when he rode seven winners in a single fixture at Kranji on 23 August, 2020. In all, he has ridden in excess of 600 winners. Maia commenced his riding stint in Hong Kong in February, 2021, landing a commendable six wins from 183 rides in 2020/21 season. He added a further 27 wins to his tally in 2021/22, his first full season in town.
Macau Champion Jockey (2017/18, 2018/19).
Notable Wins Include:
SIN G1 Kranji Mile (2020 Aramaayo), SIN G1 Raffles Cup (2020 Aramaayo), MAC G1 Macau Gold Cup (2018 River Control), MAC G1 Chairman’s Challenge Cup (2019 Mister Kaopu), J Adhemar de Almeida Prado (2016 Maraton).
Hong Kong wins (at start of 2022/23 season):
33 (wins strike rate: 6.1%).

22/23 Season
Nationality : BRZ No. of Wins : 7 Total Rides : 221
Stakes won : $15,529,950 No. of 2nds : 15 Win % : 3.17%
No. of 3rds : 14
No. of 4ths : 17

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