Purton bids for Sha Tin glory
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.