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Magic Moreira set to continue his Remarkable form; HONG KONG RACING TRADER Hong Kong racing expert Wally Pyrah previews today's action from Happy Valley.

Byline: Wally Pyrah

HONG Kong's hottest jockeys, Zac Purton and Joao Moreira, will be placed firmly in the spotlight when they arrive at Happy Valley this afternoon. The 'Deadly Duo' have torn up the record books in the last eight days, riding 25 winners from 30 races at Sha Tin and Happy Valley between them.

If that wasn't enough, favourite backers have cheered home 17 market leaders in those three meetings, sending their loyal fanbase wild.

Reigning champ Purton is now on a mission himself. Having ridden another six winners at Sha Tin on Sunday, taking his present total to 140, he is now after Moreira's record of riding the most winners in a season in Hong Kong, which stands at 170, set in 2016/17.

Having won 15 times from his last 30 rides, you won't be getting big odds about the 'Zac-Man' breaking that record, especially with 11 race meetings left in the season.

The formbook will say both jockeys are riding the best horses in most of the races, but it's worth mentioning, especially in Purton's case, there are no jockey agent's in the territory.

Therefore, the Australian has to work hard going through the formbook and entries before picking up the mobile and talking to trainers.

Both Moreira and Purton have their racecards' fully marked this afternoon and it would be inconceivable if they both left empty-handed.

You can guarantee that most of their rides are going to be well backed, especially Purton's mount Snap Fit, a win-ning debutant over course and distance back in January, who is sure to go off a short-priced favourite in the 1.15pm over five furlongs.

He also climbs aboard the potentially smart newcomer Reliable Team in the 1.45pm over six furlongs, having overlooked rivals Oriental Elite, Hero Time and High Rev, whom he had previously ridden.

He is another certain to start a warm favourite and could win easily, but does have an awkward outside draw to overcome and smart newcomer Packing Rockstar, improving Calling The Shots, and well-handicapped High Rev, offer stiff opposition.

However, Moreira doesn't appear to have any stand-out rides on paper, but he is riding with plenty of confidence and is highly capable of conjuring up some magic on a number of his rides.

He renews his association with welldrawn REMARKABLE, who lines up in the 2.15pm over the extended mile, and who is better known for his allweather exploits having won three times on dirt.

He did show he is capable of winning from his present handicap mark on turf when producing an encouraging performance over course and distance a fortnight ago.

On that occasion, after blowing the start and falling behind during the race, he quickened up well turning into the home straight and was finishing strongly in the closing stages despite being crowded late on.

This looks a competitive and tightlyknit handicap with the likes of Purtonridden top-weight Happy Warrior, laststart winner Enjoy Life and progressive handicapper Flame Lily in opposition.

However, trainer John Size is a master of getting his horses to improve and peak at the right time and Remarkable could still have a few points in hand over his more exposed rivals.

POINTERS Remarkable 2.15pm Happy Valley

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Date:Jun 5, 2019
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