Moreira topscores with 5 winners

Former four-time Singapore champion jockey Joao Moreira was in great form at Sha Tin in Hong Kong yesterday, booting home his first five-timer.

His winners were SPARKLING SWORD (Race 1), SIGHT SEEING (Race 3), TOP ACT (Race 6), CELESTIAL SMILE (Race 8) and BRILLIANT DREAM (Race 10), earning him the Jockey Challenge of the day.

The Brazilian (above) finished on board in his five other rides, with three seconds, a third and a fourth.

He finished agonisingly close on Arpinati in Race 9, going down by a nose to FULL TALENT.

Full Talent was the third leg of a treble for 13-time Hong Kong champion Douglas Whyte, who also won on UP AND COMING in Race 2 and ALL YOU WISH in the main Class 1 event in Race 7.

Moreira relocated to Hong Kong in October last year and finished second (97 winners) to Australian Zac Purton (112) in the jockeys' premiership.

He is leading this year with 31 winners, four ahead of Purton.