Joao Moreira partnering Amber Sky to win the Al Quoz Sprint 2014 horse race on the Dubai World Cup day at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 29 March 2014.
It was a big success for this Brazillian rider and he has been stamping his victory in every part of the world. I have been his big fan since he started riding in Singapore. In fact, I have not been following Hong Kong races at all till his departure from Singapore.
Amber Sky is the second Hong Kong horse that won Dubai Al Quoz Sprint after the previous success by Joy and Fun ( trained by Derek Cruz ) in year 2010.
Amber Sky was trained by PF Yiu and owned by Sammo Hung. It was absolutely ecstatic for the winning team to win such event. Not to mention stakes money of USD $1 million.
“That felt great,” said Moreira, after Amber Sky had held the late charges of runner-up Ahtoug and third-placed Shea Shea by a neck and a head, respectively, on what was the jockey’s first ever ride at the meeting.
“Good horses make a jockey’s life so much easier. He’s such a fast horse and easy to ride. His runs have been in Hong Kong where the pace is slightly quicker, so I thought I would be in front. Once I got there, I didn’t want to go too hard, so I held onto him a bit because I knew they would be chasing me to the finish. When I pressed the button at the last furlong and a half he gave me another kick and fortunately he kept going to the line. He’s a lovely horse and he’s proved he’s one of the best in the world at 1000m.
“Shea Shea was a big threat, he was one of the favourites and he was definitely one of the horses to beat but I didn’t know which horses were coming to me at the end. I could see two horses chasing me on the inside for the win and fortunately my horse was too good and we made it. This is such a thrill for me to win a Group 1 on the biggest stage of all.”
Source : HKJC
You can watch the full video race replay over here.
I would like to congratulate Amber Sky winning team … cheers mate !