Talking Horses: ‘Magic Man’ João Moreira turned away by Japan racing

first_imgHorse racing tips Read more Read more But the Japanese Racing Authority evidently has quite stringent requirements for foreign jockeys who would like to ride there, including a written test, in English, on the sport there and its history. This, according to a report in the South China Morning Post, is what Moreira has failed. Had he passed it, he would then have faced an oral test in Japanese.Apparently, he can’t resit the tests for a year, so he won’t be able to ride in Japan beyond the turn of the year, having obtained only a temporary licence. It’s a really tough outcome for Moreira, who shocked his Hong Kong fans in June when announcing that he wanted to try his luck in Japan, and it could be seen as a self-harming outcome for Japanese racing, to which he would have added plenty of interest. A return to Hong Kong must be on the cards, though I’d love to see some British-based owner making the Brazilian an offer.If he’s at all tempted to come here, Moreira may be reassured to know that British racing is less stringent, without being a pushover. Jockeys have to sit two tests as part of their initial licence application, including one on the sport’s rules, regulations and the basic professional knowledge that any jockey should have; you can’t get a licence without passing the test, I’m told by the British Horseracing Authority, although you don’t have to wait a year to resit if you fail it. The other test relates to broader knowledge of horse racing in Britain but failing that wouldn’t necessarily bar you from holding a licence.Happily, you can be a journalist in horse racing without passing any kind of test, though my BHA source expressed an interest in changing that situation when I mentioned it. Topics … we have a small favour to ask. 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She had another go, at Hamilton, three days after that and ran on well to be second behind a winner from an in-form yard.In the end, I can resist Hot Hannah at 100-30 in a big field but there might be some value in 7-1 about Inexes (3.10). The grey took a long time to get his first win of the year but did so here last week after a promising run at Pontefract the time before and appeals under a penalty against mostly out-of-form rivals.The two jumps cards will feature small fields on dry ground and make me long for rain. But there’s something to be said for the 7-1 shot Braddan Head (4.35) at Worcester. This is a Trevor Hemmings-owned horse whose future is presumably over fences but he’s a half-brother to Grandads Horse, whose initial form figures over hurdles for the same yard were 21111.Braddan Head showed some promise in a couple of maiden hurdles in the spring and could do better with a tongue tie fitted for this return, with Charlie Longsdon among the winners. Hide Share on Messenger features Thank you for your feedback. Share via Email Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Show Reuse this content Thursday’s best bets, by Chris CookIn absolutely extraordinary news, the ruling body of Japanese racing has told João Moreira that he can’t have a full jockey’s licence to ride there this season. “Magic Man” Moreira has become an enormously popular rider in the region, due to his success in Hong Kong, and would be an instant draw wherever he rides, including here in Britain, where he impressed at the Shergar Cup a couple of months ago. Quick guide Racing tips for Thursday 11 October Was this helpful? Sheikh Fahad al-Thani’s new £3.6m horse could prove ‘cheap’ Worcester 1.25 Desirable Court 1.55 Nightfly 2.25 Freedom Run 3.00 Back On The Lash 3.30 Winter Spice 4.00 The Dawn Man 4.35 Braddan HeadAyr 1.35 Pendleton 2.05 Syndicate 2.35 Hot Hannah (nb) 3.10 Inexes 3.40 Redarna 4.10 Drover 4.45 Havana Go 5.15 Pammi (nap)Bangor 1.45 Markhan 2.15 Handy Hollow 2.50 Molly Childers 3.20 Eyesopenwideawake 3.50 Forget Me Knot 4.25 Jaunty Thor 5.00 Marju’s QuestChelmsford 5.10 So Hi Class 5.45 Airwaves 6.15 Fintas 6.45 Big Country 7.15 Oscar’s Ridge 7.45 Haroon 8.15 Majeste 8.45 Jumping CatsTips by Chris Cook. Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Talking Horses Share on WhatsApp The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Horse racinglast_img

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