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Purton strengthens his grip on the title - Happy Valley double increases his lead

Steve Bennett in Latest News 11 Jul 2018
  • It's a Sunday showdown for the jockey's premiership
  • Purton in a strong position
Purton wins on Saul's Special

Australian jockey Zac Purton moved on step closer to claiming the Hong Kong jockey’s premiership on Wednesday night with a winning double at Happy Valley.

Hong Kong Jockey Club Racing reports that the battle between Purton and Brazilian Joao Moreira hotted-up after the very first race of the night when Moreira steered Letsgofree home. 

The deficit was reduced to just two until Purton was successful on Charity Wings in race four. 

Then two races later, Purton skipped further in front by taking the Michael Chang-trained Saul’s Special to the line to win comfortably. 



While that win put a smile on his face, Purton is certainly not ready to break open the champagne just yet.

“It’s not over until it’s over. I’m in a nice position, no doubt, but there are still 11 races to go and Joao has a nice book on Sunday,” Purton said. 
“I still feel that I’ve got to ride at least one winner, two would be fantastic, and we’ll just see what happens. I want the post to come, that’s for sure.

“Joao’s had the better books of rides for the last month, so I’ve been coming to a few of the meetings just trying to weather the storm. 
Tonight, I thought we had a balanced book of rides, as I did at the weekend, and to ride one more winner than what he did and just to extend the lead a little bit further is pleasing.”

The boy from Lismore in northern NSW has been overwhelmed by the support he has been receiving from fans back in Australia.

“Social media all over the world has been going mad,” he said. 
“Everyone from back home in Australia has been tuning in and supporting me as I’m sure Joao’s fans are supporting him back in Brazil. I’m grateful for their support, it means a lot and hopefully we are able to bring it home.

“I’ve enjoyed the challenge, I’ve enjoyed the position that we’re both in, I said long ago I hoped that it would go down to the last meeting and that neither of us would get another suspension and neither of us has. It’s been entertaining, it’s the talk around town and a great advertisement for Hong Kong racing. Now, we’ve got one more day to battle it out. I can’t wait.”

It’s now a showdown on Sunday at Sha Tin with Purton in a strong position as he takes a lead of four with him into the 11-race program. 

As an added bonus for Purton, he will also go into the meeting knowing that should the day end with both jockeys on equal terms, Purton would take the title due to having ridden nine more second-placings than Moreira. 

Therefore, the boy from Brazil must ride at least five winners on the day. 

It all happens this Sunday.



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