Joao Moreira will side with Regency Bo Bo (130lb) in Sunday afternoon’s trophy race, the Class 3 18 Districts Cup (1400m) at Sha Tin. The champion jockey has finished second atop the Tony Cruz-trained galloper at his last two starts, both at the course and distance.
The Denman three-year-old has notched two wins from nine starts, the latter of those back in December, and has finished second in five of his six subsequent races. Moreira is hoping a good draw in gate two will make the difference this time.
“Fortunately, this time he’s got a good gate and that’s definitely going to help him,” the Brazilian said. “Two starts ago, when I rode him, he was a bit cranky in the gate. We worked that out and his next start I was able to get him out of the gate and place him better in the field. I hope I can get him to do things right in the gate, jump out properly, and I believe he’s a winning chance.”
In the Class 4 Celosia Handicap (1400m), the John Size-trained Infinity Endeavour (127lb) will attempt to build on the promise of finishing a close runner-up on his second start, behind the unbeaten Sight Leader. That was over 1200m and his rider, Teetan, believes this weekend’s extra furlong will benefit the well-bred Fastnet Rock gelding.
“He’s a nice little horse, he’s only small but he has a big heart and tries very hard,” Teetan said. “Last time was a good run - John took the blinkers off and he was not so sure between horses but he finished off very nicely.
“I believe the horse that beat us last time is a really smart horse. It looked like I was going to go past him and Joao’s horse just kept on finding to the line but my horse didn’t stop, he kept on following him. He’s only a young horse, he’s still green and learning, so there’s a lot of improvement still in him. Going a little bit further will be the key for him so I think the 1400 is the right distance for him now.”
Sunday’s card commences with the Class 4 Balsamine Handicap (1200m), due off at 1pm.
Regency Bo Bo (No. 9) finishes a close second to Kingsfield on his penultimate start, picture Hong Kong Jockey Club