Pur­ton bids for Sha Tin glory

Sunday Herald Sun - - Racing - LEO SCH­LINK HONG KONG

QUEENS­LAN­DER Zac Pur­ton is poised to add an­other di­men­sion to an ex­traor­di­nary record when he chases more glory at the star-stud­ded Longines In­ter­na­tional meet­ing at Sha Tin this af­ter­noon.

The Aus­tralian is al­ready twice win­ner of the Hong Kong jock­eys’ premier­ship, end­ing Dou­glas Whyte’s 13sea­son reign in 2014 and Joao Mor­eira’s three-year stint last sea­son.

If Pur­ton snares at least two of the four Group 1 races on of­fer at Sha Tin, he will join Ger­ald Mosse as the most suc­cess­ful rider at what is re­garded as the world turf cham­pi­onships.

Pur­ton rides Ex­ul­tant in the Vase (2400m), Lit­tle Gi­ant — trained by David Hall — in the Sprint (1200m), Beauty Gen­er­a­tion in the Mile (1600m) and Time Warp in the Cup (2000m). Beauty Gen­er­a­tion and Time Warp are bid­ding for suc­ces­sive vic­to­ries at the meet­ing and Pur­ton is op­ti­mistic the pair can re­peat.

“It would be fan­tas­tic be­cause it edges me closer to Mosse’s record,” he said.

“I’m only a few wins be­hind him for the most suc­cess­ful jockey in the his­tory of this week­end.”

Trained by Aus­tralian John Moore, Beauty Gen­er­a­tion is touted as the prob­a­ble star of the meet­ing. He has won five of his past six and broke the course 1600m record last start.

“There’s no fluke to his per­for­mances, he goes out there and does it all,” Pur­ton said.

“He can do it on pace, from the back, with big weights and they are the type of horses that stand apart from the rest.”

Michael Walker, Hugh Bow­man, James McDon­ald, Chad Schofield and Sam Clipperton will also ride at to­day’s meet­ing at Sha Tin.

Chris Waller’s Comin’ Through (Mile) is the sole Aus­tralian en­trant and will be rid­den by Walker.

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