Celebrity Joao Moreira sensationally pulled the pin on his driving profession in Hong Kong, ending what was some of the dominant reigns within the sport.
The Brazilian, who feuded with Australia’s Zac Purton for almost a decade, withdrew his Hong Kong Jockey Membership license on Wednesday evening.
Moreira, 38, is at present recovering in Brazil after present process remedy for a left hip damage and has not raced in Hong Kong since 21 September.
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Talking to the South China Morning Publish on Wednesday night, Moreira mentioned he plans to trip a collection of Japanese Raiders at worldwide races in Hong Kong subsequent month, earlier than embarking on a farewell world tour to wrap up his racing profession.
“I respect the whole lot Hong Kong has completed for me, and I am not leaving with any dangerous emotions,” he mentioned.
“General, Hong Kong has contributed positively to my life, however I’m coping with some bodily and private issues. Sadly, some modifications needed to be made and that features the truth that I am now not primarily based in Hong Kong.
Whereas he had initially deliberate to return from the hip damage, which he carried for a variety of years, Moreira admits that platelet-rich plasma remedy hasn’t been as efficient as initially hoped.
The Magic Man mentioned he has six months of driving left and has reported excursions of Australia, Japan and Europe in that point.
“It is a very robust name to retire straight away, so I plan to trip for a really quick time – perhaps a couple of months, perhaps six months,” Moreira instructed the SCMP.
Moreira has 4 Hong Kong jockey premierships to his credit score and has amassed a staggering 1234 winners.
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