Joao Moreira iPICTURED) will be the new rider for Melbourne Cup favourite Constantinople with Glen Boss taken off a booking on the Lindsay Park-trained import.
Racenet understands Moreira told Lindsay Park that he wasn’t prepared to fly to Australia on Sunday with only a ‘maybe’ that he would ride the Cup favourite on Tuesday.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club agreed to let Moreira come to Melbourne if he was guaranteed the ride on the horse.
Boss was booked to ride Constantinople but received a careless riding suspension last weekend – Moreira was then placed on standby by David Hayes to ride the horse in the Melbourne Cup.
But with Boss’s appeal not scheduled to be heard by the Racing NSW Appeal Panel until Monday, the day before the Cup, it opened up a can of worms.
Boss could have still been allowed to ride the Melbourne Cup favourite the next day, given the Appeals Panel could have decided to delay the start of Boss’s suspension by two days.
However Moreira was also playing hard ball – saying he wasn’t flying out to Melbourne from Hong Kong on Sunday unless he had a confirmed ride on Constantinople in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup.
Effectively Moreira was telling the Lindsay Park team they would well be left with no jockey for the Cup favourite if Boss wasn’t given the all-clear.
Moreira will be in the air while Boss’s appeal is heard at 9.30am on Monday – the Hong Kong-based superstar is booked on a flight from Hong Kong which is scheduled to arrive into Melbourne early afternoon on Monday.
Moreira says the Melbourne Cup is the race he “wanted to win the most” after finishing second in 2016 on Heartbreak City.