Pur­ton’s Fast Most Fu­ri­ous win

The Citizen (KZN) - - Racing Express - Hong Kong

– A good plan is noth­ing with­out smart ex­e­cu­tion and Zac Pur­ton and Fast Most Fu­ri­ous de­liv­ered the lat­ter for David Hall in the Class 1 Che­va­lier Cup Hand­i­cap (1600m) at Sha Tin on Satur­day.

Hall had set a twin tar­get for the Lope De Vega geld­ing. The first bite of the cherry had failed to sat­isfy, with Fast Most Fu­ri­ous run­ning on for third in the Class 1 Pana­sonic Cup Hand­i­cap (1400m) two weeks ago: the se­cond bite was sweet.

“It was th­ese two races for the month,” Hall said. “Th­ese are the two races I set him for at the start of the year. I knew the hand­i­cap would be in his favour a lit­tle bit and the dis­tances were prob­a­bly per­fect.

“It was a bit dis­ap­point­ing he didn’t win the first one, prob­a­bly due to the fact there was a hot bias to the front-run­ners and he had to do a pretty big job to get where he did at the fin­ish. He was on track, he was on form: I think it was a very wellde­served win. He’s been run­ning amaz­ingly con­sis­tently for a long time now.”

En­cour­ag­ing made all for vic­tory in the Pana­sonic Cup but this time the John Moore­trained gal­loper had to cede the lead to the trail-blaz­ing Mis­sion Ty­coon. The lead­ers couldn’t hold on though: Pur­ton had his mount to­wards the rear and main­tained an inside route in the home straight, quick­en­ing through the fi­nal 300m to score by 1.5 lengths.

“We dis­cussed it be­fore the race,” Hall said. “He’d won from the inside at Happy Val­ley through a nee­dle-eye open­ing. They fanned and spread out and he’s got a pretty good jockey on his back, so (Zac) wasn’t go­ing to go out­side, I don’t think!”

Run­ner-up Har­mony Vic­tory and third-placed Ex­tra Brut de­liv­ered their chal­lenges wide down the cen­tre of the track, while Pur­ton slipped along the eas­ier al­ley.

The win was Fast Most Fu­ri­ous’ fourth at his 22nd start in Hong Kong and Hall, hav­ing seen his plan come to­gether, was un­sure about what might be next for the ch­est­nut, rated 96 for this as­sign­ment.

“I’ll have to have a sit down and think about where we go and how the rat­ing is and what works for him,” he said. – Hong Kong Jockey Club

Pic­ture: Hong Kong Jockey Club

FU­RI­OUS WIN. Fast Most Fu­ri­ous and Zac Pur­ton land the Che­va­lier Cup.

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