A trip to Caulfield on Saturday for Hong Kong-based jockey Joao Moreira hinges on whether he can pick up a ride in the Group I Caulfield Cup (2400m).
The Hong Kong Jockey Club only permit their riders to travel for Group I races that do not conflict with a local fixture.
With the Caulfield Cup being the only Group I race on Saturday, Moreira’s chances of seeking leave from the HKJC will likely depend on whether the Godolphin stable is able to field multiple runners in the race.
A ‘likely field’ compiled by Racenet on Sunday listed Hauraki as the only confirmed runner for Godolphin, with Complacent as the second of four emergencies and Magic Hurricane outside the emergencies.
Last weekend the HKJC announced it would undertake a formal review of their travel policy after Moreira and fellow Hong Kong hoop Zac Purton missed last Sunday’s Sha Tin meeting due to a flight diversion.
Moreira and Purton had ridden on Epsom day at Randwick on the Saturday and were due to return to Hong Kong in time for the Sha Tin meeting but strong winds prevented a safe landing and the pair were left stranded for hours in Taiwan.
The HKJC said in a statement the status quo of jockeys travelling for Group I races will “remain unchanged” until the end of November at which time the results of a more thorough review are expected to be revealed.
“The most-recent disruption, caused by the unexpected absence of two of our leading jockeys, was a concern to our owners and trainers, who had the expectation that their horses were to be ridden by the jockeys originally booked, and to our valued customers,” Executive Director of Racing William Nader said in the statement.
“The club’s ultimate responsibility in these matters is to our owners, trainers and customers.”