He’s nicknamed The Magic Man for a reason: champion Brazilian jockey Joao Moreira just keeps breaking new records and creating new ones!

For 20 Apr 1

A few weeks ago, he rode an extraordinary eight winners at one race meeting! The Jockey Challenge belongs almost exclusively to him. At least it does in Shatin, where he rides for the powerful stables of trainers John Moore and John Size.

For 20 Apr 2

When riding in Happy Valley, he is almost always favourite to win The Jockey Challenge, BUT it’s not always a one man show. It’s more of a level playing field than when racing in Shatin and where The Magic Man keeps pulling rabbit after rabbit out of his hat.

For 20 Apr 3

In recent weeks at Happy Valley, he has lost The Jockey Challenge to Irishman Neil Callan, Australian Zac Purton and Mauritian Karis Teetan. One major reason could be that trainers Size and Moore don’t have the same horsepower that they do in Shatin. The leading Happy Valley trainers are Caspar Fownes, Me Tsui, Danny Shum, and other trainers who don’t always turn to the Joao Show. They stay loyal to their favourite jockeys.

The Jockey Challenge is a fun game to play amongst friends. Pick a jockey to support and follow each of their rides and see how many points they accumulate during the course of the night- 12 points for coming first, 6 for second and 4 for third.

To help you decide who to follow, below is some information and fun facts about each jockey riding tonight and the number of rides they have. Usually, the more rides, the more chances of picking up points.

Ride with whom you pick, cheer them on and win with them.

LATEST ODDS FOR TONIGHT’S JOCKEY CHALLENGE…
Joao Moreira — 1.33
Zac Purton — 5
Neil Callan — 15
Chad Schofield — 15
Brett Prebble — 17
Umberto Rispoli — 30
KK Chiong — 45
Karis Teetan — 70
Dylan Mo — 50
Olivier Doleuze — 100
Keith Yeung — 55
Matthew Chadwick — 200
Sam Clipperton — 300
Others — 150

* For updates on the odds for The Jockey Challenge, visit www.hkjc.com

To know how to play The Jockey Challenge simply ask any of our racing experts at each venue.

For 20 Apr 4

It’s simple, it’s exciting and it makes a Happy Wednesday even more fun, especially if you’re The Winning Table for the night. More on The Winning Table soon.

For 20 Apr 5


Name: Joao Moreira

For 20 Apr 6

Nationality: Brazilian
Age: 33
Married

For 20 Apr 6b

Nickname: The Magic Man
Number of rides tonight: 8

Fun facts: When riding in São Paulo, he was nicknamed “Ghost” for popping up almost out of nowhere and winning races.

For 20 Apr 7


Name: Zac Purton

For 20 Apr 8

Nationality: Australian
Age: 34
Married

For 20 Apr 8b

Nicknames: Zac Attack/Donkey/The Postman
Number of rides tonight: 5

For 20 Apr 9


Name: Douglas Whyte

For 20 Apr 10

Nationality: South African
Age: 45
Married

For 20 Apr 10b

Nickname: The Durban Demon
Number of rides tonight: 0

Interesting facts: Owns a vineyard in Tuscany. Has spent time understanding the psychology of horses with Monty Roberts aka The Horse Whisperer.

For 20 Apr 11


Name: Sam Clipperton

For 20 Apr 12

Nationality: Australian
Age: 23
In a relationship

For 20 Apr 13

Nickname: Clippo
Number of rides tonight: 4


Name: Karis Teetan

For 20 Apr 14

Nationality: Mauritian
Age: 26
Nickname: The Mauritian Magician
Number of rides tonight: 6

Interesting facts: Some women we know get weak at the knees when noticing his high cheekbones!

For 20 Apr 15


Name: Brett Prebble

For 20 Apr 16

Nationality: Australian
Age: 39

Married to Maree Payne, sister of Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne.

Number of rides tonight: 5

For 20 Apr 17


Name: Derek Leung

For 20 Apr 18

Nationality: Chinese
Age: 28
Married to local television racing personality Kit Li

For 20 Apr 18b

Number of rides tonight: 0

For 20 Apr 19


Name: Chad Schofield

For 20 Apr 20

Nationality: South African
Age: 23
In a relationship with Hannah Butler

For 20 Apr 21

Nickname: The Chadster
Number of rides tonight: 6

For 20 Apr 21b


Name: Kei Chiong

For 20 Apr 22

Nationality: Chinese
Age: 24
Single
Nickname:KK
Number of rides tonight: 6

For 20 Apr 23


Name: Olivier Doleuze

For 20 Apr 24

Nationality: French
Age: 44
Married

For 20 Apr 24b

Nickname: Ollie
Number of rides tonight: 4
Fun facts: Ollie is a martial arts expert.

For 20 Apr 25


Name: Vincent Ho

For 20 Apr 26

Nationality: Chinese
Age: 26
Number of rides tonight: 3

For 20 Apr 27


Name: Matthew Chadwick

For 20 Apr 28

Nationality: Chinese
Age: 26
Married

For 20 Apr 28b

Number of rides tonight: 4

For 20 Apr 29


Name: Keith Yeung

For 20 Apr 30

Nationality: Chinese
Age: 28
In a relationship

For 20 Apr 30b

Number of rides tonight: 6

For 20 Apr 31


Name: Alex Lai

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Nationality: Chinese
Age: 33
Married

For 20 Apr 32b
Number of rides tonight: 4

For 20 Apr 33


Name: Jack Wong

For 20 Apr 34

Nationality: Chinese
Age: 23
Number of rides tonight: 3

For 20 Apr 35


Name: Ben So

For 20 Apr 36

Nationality: Chinese
Age: 30
Nickname: So So
Number of rides tonight: 6

For 20 Apr 37


Name: Dylan Mo

For 20 Apr 38

Nationality: Chinese
Age: 23
Number of rides tonight: 5

For 20 Apr 39


Name: Umberto Rispoli

For 20 Apr 40

Nationality: Italian
Age: 28
In a relationship with Kimberley Mosse, daughter of legendary French jockey Gerald Mosse.

For 20 Apr 41

Number of rides tonight: 7


Name: Alvin Ng

For 20 Apr 42

Nationality: Chinese
Age: 27
Nickname: The Chipmunk
Number of rides tonight: 3

For 20 Apr 43


Name: Eddy Lai

For 20 Apr 44

Nationality: Chinese
Age: 42
Number of rides tonight: 4

For 20 Apr 45