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Posted 2018-10-11 14:21:56  
Moreira fails Japanese licence test

JOAO Moreira’s intention to become a full-time jockey in Japan hit a significant hurdle on Thursday when the superstar rider failed his initial JRA Jockey Licence test.


Moreira is currently riding on a three-month short-term licence in Japan that expires in December and will now need to wait until next year if he is to have another attempt at a full-time contract.

Foreign jockeys wanting a full-time licence with the JRA are required to complete two tests; first being a written exam which poses a wide range of questions such as the rules, statistics and the history of Japanese racing.

If successful jockeys are then required to conduct a further written test with JRA officials relating to the Japanese language ability.

Once passed the written component, jockeys are then required to complete a speaking test as well.

The JRA has been open to foreign jockeys applying for a full-time licence since 2013 and Mirco Demuro and Christophe Lemaire are the only two that have been successful.

Moreira dropped a bombshell in June when he announced his decision to leave Hong Kong at the end of last season in a bid to attempt to ride full-time in Japan.

The Brazilian won three consecutive premierships in Hong Kong before being gunned down by Australian Zac Purton last season.
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