Brazilian will compete on international day in Sha Tin next month and aims to ride in locations like Australia, Japan and Europe before retiring
Joao Moreira has renounced his Hong Kong license and will kick off his farewell tour of the world in Sha Tin next month.
After getting platelet-rich plasma treatment on his ailing left hip in September, the Brazilian has been resting at home and has not rode since the September 21 Happy Valley meeting.
Joao Moreira has already discussed the mental toll of being a jockey in Hong Kong
Particularly during the coronavirus outbreak, which resulted in months of cruel lockdowns for those within the Jockey Club’s “racing bubble” earlier this year.
Joao has described the emotional toll of living in Hong Kong after his family returned to Brazil in June, and he has said that this was a major motivating factor in his choice to return there.
The 39-year-old said to the Post, “I appreciate everything Hong Kong has done for me, and I’m not departing with any ill sentiments in mind.”
On the whole, Hong Kong has enriched my life, but I’m having some health issues and other difficulties at the moment. We had to make some adjustments, and one of them was moving my base out of Hong Kong.
Joao Moreira hopes to pay it forward by participating in the next Longines Hong Kong International Races, where he has committed to ride the Japanese gallopers Resistencia and Lei Papale.
He stated, “I want to make sure that when I get back there I can express my thanks for all the support I’ve had and for all the pleasant memories that I’ll be storing in my mind and heart.”
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