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Joao Moreira brimming with excitement over Courier Wonder’s potential

April 10, 2021, 9:57:47 AM

Courier Wonder's sudden emergence as a galloper of the highest caliber has left Joao Moreira with a tangible sense of expectation ahead of the Class 3 D'Aguilar Peak Handicap (1200m) at Sha Tin on Sunday (11 April).

John Size's charge has taken his only two starts by wide margins – five and a quarter lengths on debut and three and a half lengths second-up, all over Sha Tin's 1200m track – and Moreira is suitably impressed.

“The (last-start) win itself (on 21 March) was really impressive, and he gave me such a good feel – I would describe it as good as you might wish for from a horse having his second run in town,” the Brazilian master said.

“He has a lot of potential. He's the kind of horse jockey that all other jockeys aspire to have on their team. I consider myself a very fortunate man, privileged to be able to ride such a horse.

“He is straightforward, kind, and relaxed, and he knows that when it comes to business, he gives his all. He still gives his best effort, and he is still very approachable.

“His finish is very powerful, and he is very strong to the line – it seems that the sky is the limit for this horse.”

The son of Sacred Falls has drawn gate eight and will bear 133lb as he attempts to keep his unblemished record intact. Moreira is unfazed by the dramatic weight gain, having won his previous race when carrying just 121 pounds.

“I have a lot of faith in myself. He hasn't yet scratched the surface of where he'll end up,” Moreira said. “He has us so excited about what he's going to do next season, and I'm really excited for this guy.”

Moreira will also ride Size's Silver Express in the Class 2 Cheung Lin Shan Handicap (1400m) after finishing ninth to Sky Darci in the BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) on March 21.

“He still has a lot of room for development. He is winning with such legitimacy, which is unusual in Hong Kong.

“He is, without a doubt, an entertaining breed of horse.”

In the Class 3 Ma Kong Shan Handicap, Chad Schofield will team up with the David Hayes-trained Fantastic Treasure in a program brimming with emerging stars (1400m).
“He's moved up in school, and it may be a little harder in Class 3, but he's a really interesting young horse moving forward.

“He's in great shape and wellbeing. I can't wait to get on him. He's definitely one of the nicest young horses I'm riding in Hong Kong right now.”

On Sunday (April 11), racing resumes at Sha Tin with an 11-race card that begins at 12.30pm with the Windy Gap Plate Handicap (1000m), the first Griffin race of the season.