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  1. Purton keeps focus on main events

    Posted Aug 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Australian jockey Zac Purton accepts there are roadblocks to progressing any higher than third or fourth in the jockeys' championship, but with rising star Little Bridge and ageing legend Sacred Kingdom he is hoping to open up a different avenue to success. Third to Douglas Whyte and Brett Prebble in the two terms prior, Purton was pipped ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/977558/purton-keeps-focus-main-events
  2. Purton left without a ride in feature event

    Posted Sep 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Leading jockey Zac Purton has been left without a ride in the Group Three National Day Cup on October 1 after connections of Little Bridge decided to take him back in distance rather than up and will have to find a new jockey. After flirting with him as a Derby horse last season, the management of the Chief Executive's Cup runner-up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/979587/purton-left-without-ride-feature-event
  3. Sport - Racing

    With Whyte out, Purton can stretch his lead at top

    Posted Jan 28th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com With Whyte out, Purton can stretch his lead at top It was all square on the day as jockey championship rivals Douglas Whyte and Zac Purton had to make do with just a single each, but for Purton a narrow victory on Metallic Star broke his "mini drought" and kept his nose in front as the Durban Demon takes an enforced break. Whyte today ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1137399/whyte-out-purton-can-stretch-his-lead-top
  4. Sport - Racing

    Millard hopes history won't repeat itself

    Posted Nov 18th 2012, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Millard hopes history won't repeat itself Horse of the Year Ambitious Dragon looks the most obvious of the favourites in today's Longines Hong Kong International Races prelude meeting, but trainer Tony Millard has been here before and isn't counting his chickens too soon. The Jockey Club Mile looked at the gelding's mercy 12 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1084942/millard-hopes-history-wont-repeat-itself
  5. Sport - Racing

    He's back- 'Arrogant' Ambitious Dragon fires early salvo

    Posted Oct 29th 2012, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Dragon's back and takes Purton along for the ride Many fans think Zac Purton could win on a broomstick at the moment but he was provided with something a little sleeker than that as he teamed up with Tony Millard's dual Horse of the Year Ambitious Dragon yesterday to roar into the forefront of international calculations. Ambitious ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1071945/hes-back-arrogant-ambitious-dragon-fires-early-salvo
  6. Purton back on Bridge in rider swap

    Posted Jan 31st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Zac Purton will be back on board Little Bridge in Sunday's HK$4.5 million Group One Chairman's Sprint Trophy (1,200m), with the Australian and French jockey Gerald Mosse doing a switch around of mounts. Purton has been on board fading star Sacred Kingdom recently and Mosse has ridden the Danny Shum Chap-shing-trained Little Bridge ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/991296/purton-back-bridge-rider-swap
  7. Gift Is Gift shows great heart carrying top weight

    Posted Jun 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Unbeaten young sprinter Gift Is Gift had his mettle properly tested under the top weight but came through the assignment with his record and reputation intact after the Gallop Handicap (1,200m). The son of rising star stallion Thorn Park, who had a double on the card after Delish won early on, had scrambled in for wins at his first two runs, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/971851/gift-gift-shows-great-heart-carrying-top-weight
  8. Sport - Racing

    Purton stretches his championship lead over Moreira

    Posted Mar 02nd 2014, 12:56am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com With his arch-rival still on suspension, Australian jockey scores another double Purton stretches his lead Championship leader Zac Purton didn't have the day he might have expected but it was enough to win the Jockey Challenge again and extend his lead in the title race out to 10 over Joao Moreira. Moreira still has one more meeting to serve ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1438253/purton-stretches-his-championship-lead-over-moreira
  9. Sport - Hong Kong - RACING

    Dominant trainer Moore sounds note of caution

    Posted May 24th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Stayer has useful workout ahead of Champions & Chater but is still not the finished product Dominant trainer Moore sounds note of caution A searching turf gallop yesterday brought Dominant a pass mark ahead of the HK$8 million Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup on Sunday, but jockey Zac Purton's report to trainer John Moore ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1244461/dominant-trainer-moore-sounds-note-caution
  10. Sport - Racing

    Whyte forced to take a vacation after four-timer

    Posted Mar 25th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Whyte forced to take a vacation after four-timer Champion jockey Douglas Whyte begins a two meeting suspension today after a Sha Tin four-timer that stretched his championship lead over Zac Purton out to six and it could have been more. "I think the only one that was really unlucky and didn't have his chance was Little Men, but he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1198961/whyte-forced-take-vacation-after-four-timer

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