Zac Purton and João Moreira have shared the past eight jockey premierships and won four times each, but since the 2017-18 season, the title battle has been active for the finals.
Even that year, it almost decided to head for the finale, and Parton held a four-win lead before winning 136-134.
It approached again in 2019-20, but at the final meeting Sting got out of the fight and Parton won 147-138, preventing Moreira from being suspended.
Last season, Brazilians salute 157-125 and it’s easier, but with the first four timers since early March landing in Sha Tin on Sunday, Parton gives racing fans a coveted grandstand finish. I hope to get one.
Parton’s weekend fare means he’s already in line with last year’s win tally and has drawn within two more wins of Moreira in the remaining eight meetings.
There’s no doubt that a lot will happen in the meantime, but as Hong Kong races offered very little in the final month of the campaign, a vintage update of the Zack vs. Joao show is welcomed to eliminate the monotony.
Both have a complete book in Happy Valley on Wednesday night, and Parton gains his momentum as his body gradually improves after a long recovery from the injury suffered in the fall of the Hong Kong Sprint in December. I’m trying to keep it.
Two years ago, at this conference, Parton joined Francis Louis Kinwai on a four-timer, putting the 2019-20 title race in bed and teaming up with KeepYouWarm and RunTheTable.
Parton has many throughout the card, including Jimmy Tin Kuhnho’s Blissful Star, trainer title leader Frankie Lore Fuchuen’s Ares, and Inform’s Ricky Iu Poonfi’s world-famous player. I have a chance. ..
But for Parton’s best chance, his regular partner in crime, Danny Sham Chapsin, a four-year-old kid is chasing his second career win with a class 4 gauge handicap (1,200m). Things may be overflowing.
At the final start after the Excellent Pears, he finished second and then won again. Exuberant looks more than one can do well in even contests.
Moreira’s books include Last Start place getters Kihada, Amazing News and more.
Warm Francis Louis’ Headline Act in Happy Valley
He also reunites with Eason in a Class 2 Stanton Handicap (1,200m) and the pair aims to set an almost perfect record.
Moreira steered Eason in 3 wins and 1 second from four attempts, while Galloper’s other three runs were two seconds under Matthew Poon Minfay and Vincent C Y Ho Chaquiu made the final start. I came in 6th place in the saddle.
With his free-to-use Barrier 1, a 3-year-old who soared to 83 ratings in his debut season, Moreira should be able to take the lead and blame him for every opportunity.