Joao Moreira booked for Myer Classic ride on Danish Twist

Hong Kong star Joao Moreira will ride Newcastle mare Danish Twist in her bid for a Group 1 win at the Flemington carnival on Saturday week.

Trainer Kris Lees has booked the Brazilian ace for the Mill Park Stud-raised mare in the $500,000 Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m), run under weight-for-age conditions for fillies and mares.

The mount became available because of Damien Oliver’s suspension and Lees wasted no time engaging Moreira when informed the “Magic Man” would be riding at the meeting.

Oliver won the $400,000 Provincial Championships Final (1400m) at Randwick in April on Danish Twist and also rode her when fifth to Myer rival First Seal in the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield last Saturday.

She drew the outside barrier and came from last to be beaten just under two lengths.

Moreira, after taking all before him in Singapore between 2009-2013, relocated to Hong Kong three years ago and has won the last two HK premierships.

He rode 145 winners in 2014-15 and bettered that with 168 last season.

Moreira, who rides at the Cox Plate meeting at Moonee Valley this weekend, is bringing current sensational form to Australia.

He has ridden nine winners at the last two Hong Kong meetings - five at Happy Valley last Wednesday night and four at Sha Tin on Sunday.

Lees was delighted with Danish Twist’s Tristarc performance and has planned the Myer as her third and final start this preparation.

“She ran super last Saturday considering the circumstances of the race,” he said.

“I always intended to give her only a light spring campaign and she will have a break after the Flemington race.”

Danish Twist had resumed with a close third to Takedown and Our Boy Malachi in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on October 1.

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