Joao Moreira
Age: 40
Background:
Brazilian sensation Joao Moreira, known as “Magic Man”, notched more than 1,000 wins in South America. He relocated to Singapore in 2009 and was a dominant four-time champion jockey. He moved to Hong Kong in October of 2013 and was runner-up in the title race that term with 97 wins before clinching a first championship in a record smashing 2014/15 campaign that yielded an all-time high 145 wins - he demolished that record in 2015/16 with 168 wins, and improved again in 2016/17 with 170 wins. He partnered Rapper Dragon in 2017 as the horse became the first to win all three legs of the Four-Year-Old Classic Series (Hong Kong Classic Mile, Hong Kong Classic Cup, Hong Kong Derby). Moreira departed for Japan at the end of the 2017/18 season but returned to Hong Kong in December 2018 to ride as stable jockey to John Size, ending that term with 90 wins. In the 2020/21 season he won his fourth Hong Kong champion jockey title with 157 wins, including two at Group 1 level, and he also snared a second Hong Kong Derby triumph. In December, 2020 he became only the third jockey in history to notch 1,000 winners in Hong Kong and in the 2021/22 season he registered his 1,200th win. Overall, Moreira won four riding titles in Hong Kong and since departing the city’s ranks, he has enjoyed success in Brazil, Japan and Australia. He won a trio of Group 1 races in 2023 aboard Militarize, claiming the Golden Rose Stakes, Champagne Stakes and Sires’ Produce Stakes in Sydney, Australia.
Honours:
Hong Kong Champion Jockey (2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17 & 2020/21); LONGINES IJC winner (2012); Japan's World All-Star Jockeys winner (2015); Singapore Champion Jockey (2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013); Brazilian Eclipse Award winner (2006/07 & 2007/08); fastest 100 in a Hong Kong season (6 March, 2016); Hong Kong record for most wins in a season (170 in 2016/17); most wins in a Hong Kong race day (eight: 5 March, 2017); Singapore record for most wins in a season (206 in 2012); eight wins from eight rides at Kranji (6 September, 2013); eight wins in a day at Cidade Jardim (March, 2006).
Hong Kong wins (as of 1 December):
1,235.

23/24 Season         Up to Race Meeting of 28/02/2024
Nationality : BRZ No. of Wins : 0 Total Rides : 5
Stakes won : $6,183,000 No. of 2nds : 0 Win % : 0.00%
No. of Wins in past 10 race days : 0 No. of 3rds : 1
No. of 4ths : 2

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