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Horse racing - Jockey Moreira replaced in Melbourne Cup after fall

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Horse racing - Jockey Moreira replaced in Melbourne Cup after fall

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Brazilian jockey Joao Moreira has been stood down from his ride on Thomas Hobson in the A$6.2 million (3.62 million pounds) Melbourne Cup after suffering a fall in an earlier race at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday. Hong Kong-based Moreira went down on the Chris Waller-trained Regal Monarch during race four at Flemington and had to be assisted from the track. He was stood down after a medical assessment. The William Mullins-prepared Thomas Hobson, a 15-1 contender, will now be ridden by 18-year-old Ben Allen, the Irish trainer confirmed. “I’ve spoken to him (Allen) already,” Mullins said in a televised interview. “I’m happy enough with it.” The Melbourne Cup, the world’s richest two-mile handicap, gets underway at 0400 GMT.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Peter Rutherford)
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