Champion jockey Joao Moreira is unbeaten in Ontrack’s all gold silks and he may get the chance to extend that winning run in Melbourne next weekend.
Joao is Hong Kong’s superstar jockey and he burst on to the Australian scene with three wins on Ontrack’s champion sprinting colt Brazen Beau, including the Group One Coolmore Stakes and Group 1 Newmarket Handicap.
The global sensation is returning to ride in the Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield next Saturday and when Grant Morgan from Ontrack was approached about Joao riding Savanna Amour in the Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes on the same day he was very keen to explore the opportunity.
“We were considering the Armanasco on the Saturday or the Group 3 Typhoon Tracy at Moonee Valley on the Friday when I was contacted by Joao's Australian agent. Given we are having problems securing a rider for Moonee Valley we have booked Joao for Caulfield.
“The plan is to accept for both races and weigh up which race she runs in after studying final fields and barrier draws.”
Savanna Amour was a brave third in the Group Three fillies race at Caufield last Saturday after sitting three wide and co-trainer John Meagher reports she has come through the run in good style.