The win of Frankie Lor-trained Fat Turtle in the Class 2 Beijing Handicap (1200m) at Sha Tin yesterday, Tuesday, 1 October, completed a Joao Moreira four-timer, initiated when he took the day’s other feature, the Group 3 National Day Cup Handicap (1000m), on the John Size-trained Full Of Beauty (115lb).
The five-year-old Full Of Beauty had raced exclusively at 1200m, clinching five wins last season, but handled the drop in distance with aplomb. The bay scored his biggest success to date by a neck from Jolly Banner (113lb), with Wishful Thinker (126lb) a further short-head third.
Moreira followed up in the next race, the Class 4 Jinan Handicap (1600m), aboard the Manfred Man-trained Smart Patch. That win delivered a brace for Man, the trainer having taken the opener, section two of the Class 4 Chengdu Handicap (1200m), with the Derek Leung-ridden E Star.
Moreira’s third came atop the Tony Millard-trained Super Star in the Class 3 Tianjin Handicap (1400m). That completed a double for the handler, Ezra having earlier landed the Class 4 Nanning Handicap (1400m) under Aldo Domeyer.
Matthew Poon teamed with his boss David Hall to take section one of the Class 4 Chengdu Handicap (1200m) on the 10-race maiden Quadruple Double. The bay returned the 4.5 favourite.
Cruz and Teetan teamed up to take the Class 3 Chongqing Handicap (1800m) with Happy Sebring.