Talking Horses: ‘Magic Man’ João Moreira turned away by Japan racing

A written test about the local sport’s history proved beyond the Brazilian, who needs somewhere else to ride next year

In absolutely extraordinary news, the ruling body of Japanese racing has told João Moreira that he can’t have a full jockey’s licence to ride there this season. “Magic Man” Moreira has become an enormously popular rider in the region, due to his success in Hong Kong, and would be an instant draw wherever he rides, including here in Britain, where he impressed at the Shergar Cup a couple of months ago.

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