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Posted 2021-01-21 07:20:58  
New KID on the Block in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Jockey Club have issued a jockeys licence to a relatively unknown. His name Ruan Maia. 

Brazilian jockey Ruan Maia (32 years) has a highly successful riding career of 16 years and was a leading rider in Brazil before setting sights on an international career by moving to Macau in 2016. During the only two full seasons he completed in Macau, he claimed the Jockeys’ title (2017/2018 and 2018/2019) with 60 and 71 wins respectively. He subsequently took the opportunity to shift base to Singapore where he quickly made an impact having been narrowly beaten by just 3 wins in the 2020 Singapore Jockeys’ Championship in his first season. During the 12 months he has ridden in Singapore, Jockey Maia has recorded 69 wins at a winning strike rate of 18.5%. Included in those wins were domestic Group 1 victories on ARAMAAYO in the 2020 Kranji Mile and the 2020 Raffles Cup. Another significant career milestone was achieved at the Kranji race meeting on 23 August 2020 where Jockey Maia rode 7 winners on the program. In all, he has ridden in excess of 600 winners including 7 at Group 1 level. Jockey Maia’s minimum riding weight is 116 lbs.  

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