Ivictory to make Happy Valley debut with Joao Moreira in saddle

Ivictory wins his seasonal reappearance earlier this month.
Joao Moreira partnered the four-year-old Ivictory to an easy Class 3 score over the distance at Sha Tin earlier this month.

That was the Mossman gelding’s first start this term and took his career tally to four wins from five starts.

“Ivictory’s a lovely horse – I have a very high opinion of him, and, the way he won the other day, I’m even more excited about him,” Moreira said.

The champion jockey has no worries about Ivictory racing for the first time at the downtown track, the bay having looked good in two trials at the venue in recent months.

“He’s been very straightforward – he has had enough experience over there,” he said. “I don’t think the track will be any problem to him. He definitely is a more mature horse this preparation, he’s going much better and I would say he’s just a more mature and stronger horse.

“Eleven is a tricky gate to deal with but I think he’s one of those horses that can deal with it and overcome. It’s not going to help us very much but I believe he’s very talented and I think he’ll still do it anyway.”

Wednesday’s quality card also features the Class 1 Shan Kwong Handicap (1650m). The Tony Cruz-trained Winner’s Way (133lb) heads the handicap in the six-runner contest and jockey Zac Purton is looking for the game front-runner to head the field from the off.

“He’s pretty one-dimensional, he’s a horse that likes to lead so we’ll be going out there to find the front if I can,” he said. “He’s not the type of horse that likes a slowly-run race, he doesn’t like to sit and sprint, he likes to roll along, use his action and carve out quite solid sectionals.”