Hong Kong’s ‘Magic Man’ João Moreira will grace Ascot at the Shergar Cup

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Thank you for your feedback. Share on LinkedIn news Topics Quick guide Tuesday tips Hide Horse racing Share via Email Show Ascot have pulled off a coup with the official confirmation that João Moreira, one of the world’s greatest jockeys and hugely popular with racefans in Hong Kong, will ride at the Berkshire track next month in the Shergar Cup.The chance to see an authentic international world-class rider like Moreira is what makes the Shergar Cup, a jockeys’ team competition which got off to a bumpy start at the turn of the Millennium but is now regularly attracting 30,000 to Ascot, more than just a family day out. Roaring Lion defies Aidan O’Brien team tactics to win Eclipse Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Moreira rode in the Shergar Cup in 2013 and was victorious in one of the six races, but has since become a huge draw in Hong Kong, earning the nickname the ‘Magic Man’. He will ride for the Rest of the World team at the event, which will be shown on the main ITV channel for the first time this year.The Brazilian caught the attention in spectacular fashion later in 2013 when riding eight winners on a nine-race card at Kranji in Singapore. It was in that country that he earned the ‘Magic’ monicker, coined for him by racetrack commentator and presenter Craig Evans. Moreira has been embroiled this year in an epic tussle with Zac Purton for the Hong Kong jockeys’s championship which he has won for the last three seasons. There are only two meetings left with the Brazilian three behind – on Sunday both rode at Sha Tin where they rode the first seven winners between them on an 11-race card and ended the day with a remarkable four firsts each.Moreira was last seen in this country in 2015 at Royal Ascot, almost pulling off a sensational success when caught on the line on 50-1 shot Medicean Man in the King’s Stand Stakes. He will be joined in the Rest of the World team by Yutaka Take, who has the sort of profile in Japan that David Beckham enjoyed when he was plying his trade on the football pitch, and Australian jockey Corey Brown, who has won two Melbourne Cups, including the latest in November when successful for Joseph O’Brien on Rekindling.The female riders’ team has also been announced by Ascot with Hayley Turner, whose profile has risen since her retirement in 2015 after becoming a presenter on ITV Racing, back in the ‘Girls’ line-up following her return to race-riding this year. She will be joined by Josephine Gordon and Hollie Doyle.Dubai Duty Free has signed up to sponsor the whole event for a fifth year and in a switch, which has been reflected by other sports in the wake of the MeToo movement, the cheerleading squad will be mixed gender this year.Ascot and ITV are still in discussions about the possibility of bringing back celebrity team captains using the channel’s portfolio of talent. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Ascot Was this helpful? Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Read more Wolverhampton 1.45 Varsovian 2.15 Rosamour 2.45 Dutch Monarch 3.15 Priscilla’s Dream 3.45 Mischief Managed 4.15 Part Exchange 4.45 Move Swiftly 5.15 KlassiquePontefract 2.00 Octave 2.30 Zumurud 3.00 Shenanigans (nap) 3.30 Mr Orange 4.00 Herculean 4.30 One Flew Over 5.00 FirlinfeuBrighton 5.40 Wild Flower 6.10 Burj 6.40 Gainsay (nb) 7.10 Genetics 7.40 Mossy’s Lodge 8.10 Firenze Rosa 8.40 Bombshell BayUttoxeter 6.00 Eric The Third 6.30 Atlantic Storm 7.00 Premier King 7.30 Movie Set 8.00 Equus Flight 8.30 Undisputed 9.00 Calin Du Brizais Reuse this contentlast_img read more