Joao Moreira’s fantastic four-timer on Sunday was only a footnote alongside Zac Purton’s successes but showed that the three-time champion is riding at the top of his game. He is booked to partner True Grit (118lb) in Wednesday’s Class 3 Shan Pui River Handicap (1650m), with the four-year-old aiming to nail a hat-trick of wins.
“True Grit looks good,” trainer John Size said. “He seems to be putting it all together now, he was quite a slow learner I thought early in the piece – with his trials and even at the races – but now he’s worked it out and he looks like he’s going to go further.”
True Grit raced four times in 2018, for two placings, before a fever late in the year prompted to Size to transfer him to Conghua.
“He was one of the horses that went up there (Conghua) quite early and he seems to have made the adaption: when he started to race from there he ran well, so I’ve left him there,” the trainer said.