Moreira confirmed for Randwick after visa approval Wed, 01 Oct 2014
Star jockey Joao Moreira will be in action at the major meeting at Randwick on Saturday after his visa was formally approved by the Australian Consulate General today.
Moreira, who is leading the Hong Kong jockeys’ premiership after finishing second to Zac Purton last season, will arrive in Sydney on Friday night.
“The Australian Turf Club in consultation with the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s racing department has worked hard behind the scenes to obtain the necessary approvals for Joao to compete in Sydney this weekend,” the Australian Turf Club’s Brett de Vine said in a press release.
Moreira has been booked to ride for Chris Waller in two of the meeting’s Group One features, the Metropolitan Handicap and the Epsom Handicap. He has the mount on He’s Your Man in the Epsom and Our Voodoo Prince in the Metropolitan.
Gai Waterhouse has also secured the services of Moreira for Hampton Court in the Listed Dulcify Quality.
Moreira has had success in Sydney in the past, winning the Gr. 2 Chelmsford Stakes and Hill Stakes with Trusting in 2011.