Joao Moreira’s intention to be-come a full-time jockey in Japan hit a significant hurdle on Thursday when the superstar rider failed his initial Japanese Racing Association Jockey (JRA) Licence test.
Moreira is currently riding on a three-month short-term licence in Japan that expires in December. He 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 – in Japanese.
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 who 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 beaten by Australian Zac Purton last season.
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