Purton’s Fast Most Furious win
– 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
FURIOUS WIN. Fast Most Furious and Zac Purton land the Chevalier Cup.