Keiba Diary: Moreira magic and a Golden victory
Adrian Webber considers the Brazilian maestro’s stunning form and the weekend’s overseas endeavours, as well as a prudent retirement, an emerging talent, and upcoming Group 1 action.
There might not have been any Group 1 action in Japan last weekend but there was certainly enough going on with Japanese racing both in and out of the country.
Starting off in Japan, it was Joao Moreira who delighted his fans. The great Brazilian was at his prolific best with no less than 11 winners over the weekend at Tokyo, including the G2 Copa Republica Argentina aboard Zeffiro for trainer Yasutoshi Ikee who has targeted the race a number of times in the past.
Both jockey and trainer seemed a little taken aback by the four-year-old colt’s impressive win, but Ikee had him perfectly prepared and Moreira produced another ride of great precision, taking the shortest way round and threading the horse through on the inside in the final part of the race. Connections would seem to have a few choices now, including the Japan Cup or a possible trip to Hong Kong.