Magic Man boots Caspar Fownes-trained Packing Hurricane to victory in the opening event on the Champions Day card

Joao Moreira said it felt “like a dream” to ride his 1,235th Hong Kong winner four and a half months after what the four-time champion jockey thought had been his final competitive appearance in the city.

Moreira, who relinquished his Jockey Club licence in November and still had not ridden a winner in the city this season after fulfilling seven fruitless assignments on international day in December, was triumphant in the first event on FWD Champions Day.

Caspar Fownes, who had supplied Moreira’s previous Hong Kong winner – Sugar Sugar at Happy Valley on July 13 – booked the Brazilian rider to partner Packing Hurricane in the Class Four FWD Insurance Goahead Group Handicap (2,000m) and the British import held on to beat Reach Goal by a neck.

“Caspar has been a great friend and supporter, so when he rang to give me this ride, I didn’t hesitate, and I took it with much pleasure,” Moreira said.

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