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Magic Man Moreira rides 900th winner ๐Ÿ†

Joao Moreira reaches his 900th Hong Kong win
HONG KONG, HONG KONG - March 29 : Jockey Joao Moreira (right) celebrates his 900th Hong Kong winner aboard the John Size-trained Picken at Sha Tin Racecourse on March 29, 2020 in Hong Kong. Joao Moreira became only the fourth jockey in Hong Kong history to reach 900 wins.

Brazilian jockey Joao Moreira has joined rarefied air after becoming just the fourth-ever hoop to ride 900 winners in Hong Kong.

After steering five-winners home at Sha Tin on Sunday, Moreira now joins  Douglas Whyte, Zac Purton and Tony Cruz as the only riders to pass the milestone.

Moreira finished the day on 901 wins and has the chance to leap into third spot in the all-time Hong Kong standings by the end of the season with Cruzโ€™s 946 wins within firm grasp. 

Moreiraโ€™s 900 win was declared after a photo finish aboard John Size-trained Picken in the Nam Shan Handicap was deemed in his favour. 

Moreira told the South China Morning Post he had no idea he was so close to the 900-win milestone.

โ€œHonestly I wasnโ€™t counting, I wasnโ€™t aware I was close to 900, so when I was told I was surprised and very pleased,โ€ Moreira said.

โ€œJockeys from all around the world would love to reach this mark in Hong Kong and Iโ€™ve been very blessed to get to it.โ€

Moreira regained the lead in the Hong Kong jockeysโ€™ premiership with his five-win haul. But he said he would continue to look forward rather than back on his milestone.

โ€œItโ€™s a great mark that Iโ€™m very pleased with, but I want to look over my shoulder at it, I donโ€™t want to get stuck,โ€ he said.

โ€œI donโ€™t set goals; my goal is to be consistent. When things arenโ€™t playing out the way I want them to as far as winners, I jump on it and work very hard to turn it around as quickly as possible.

โ€œTo me, what matters is being consistent.โ€

Purton booted home a double on Band Of Brothers and Grade One to finish the day on 92 wins for the season, which left him two wins behind Moreira in the Hong Kong jockeysโ€™ premiership race.

Moreiraโ€™s career strike rate sits just shy of 22% from 4,094 career rides.

Jockey Zack Purton takes lead in the Hong Kong Premiership stakes.

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