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  1. Purton floors punters with 1,890-1 double

    Posted Oct 15th 2007, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken If confidence before the race meant anything, Australian rider Zac Purton did not expect to land either of his long-priced winners yesterday, but the score on the board was all that counted. After flooring punters with Michael Chang Chun-wai's Magic Chariot at more than 31-1 in the L'Oreal Paris Handicap (1,000m), Purton was back 30 minutes later with an even bigger ...

  2. Purton earns praise for tactical nous

    Posted Dec 16th 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Zac Purton rode a winner and missed out on another one, but received credit for both from grateful trainer Danny Shum Chap-shing. Purton, in his first contract as a club jockey ... Purton was in a handy position on Aristocracy, but it looked like the leaders would pull up in his face as the field entered the back straight of the 1,650 metres Class Five contest. So Purton ...

  3. Purton returns favour to Man by scoring easy win on Double Luck

    Posted Oct 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Double Luck wasn't Zac Purton's first winner in Hong Kong but it was certainly the easiest and repaid a debt of thanks to trainer Manfred Man Ka-leung by putting him ... and this was the horse he picked,' Purton said yesterday. 'Manfred's a great guy and has been unlucky not to win one before now- he's had quite a high percentage of minor placings- so ...

  4. Purton and Shea thrilled to get monkey off their backs

    Posted Sep 13th 2007, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken There was no sign of global warming at Happy Valley last night with icebreakers all round, including debut victories for the season's 'new lads' Zac Purton and Kevin Shea. Both experiencing their first taste of the Valley's quirky circuit, Purton and Shea rode perfect races to take the final two events on Elfhelm and Tiger Prawn respectively ...

  5. 'Bug' victim Purton to miss the Valley

    Posted Nov 28th 2007, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken The 'bug' doing the rounds at present has claimed a victim at tonight's Happy Valley meeting, with Zac Purton declared unfit to ride by the Jockey Club doctor. Purton was disappointed at the decision as he believes he is probably closer to recovery than to the onset effects of the viral infection, however, he has been stood down from his five rides ...

  6. Two debutants join Boss on roster

    Posted Jun 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Young Sydney rider Zac Purton and South African Kevin Shea will each make their Hong Kong debuts next season, joining Australian Group One star Glen Boss as new names ... and partner of legendary stayer Makybe Diva. Shea, 43, has been a leading rider in his home country for many years with over 1,600 winners, including 27 at Group One level. Purton, 24, is nearing ...

  7. Island Speed finds winning rhythm

    Posted Jan 01st 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... that race, a new jockey, Zac Purton, handled Island Speed on this occasion. In a much more sedate tempo, the trial unfolded rather more as the script suggested, with Purton parking Island Speed on the outside of pacemaker Master Cristo before towing his way to the front at the top of the straight. From there it was a picnic for Island Speed, who was given an easy time by Purton to score by four ...

  8. Boss' appeal on ban rejected by stewards

    Posted Oct 28th 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... of Boss' licence became effective immediately and ruled him out of the Happy Valley meeting. Replacement riders notified were: Race One: Danzigmountain (Zac Purton). Race Two: Harry Harry (Brett Prebble). Race Three: Soldier On (Prebble). Race Four: Horse Power (Purton). Race Five: Kaiser's Choix (Darren Beadman). Race Six: Fly Me To The Moon (Kevin Shea). Race Eight: Solar Mighty ...

  9. Young guns look set to get Size back on track

    Posted Sep 09th 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... 'new' jockeys in Glen Boss (pictured), Kevin Shea and Zac Purton. Shea, 44, is already familiar to local punters as the jockey chosen by South African trainer Herman Brown to partner Sushisan and Linngari last December at the Cathay Pacific International Races. Purton has been making a wonderful fist of things in Sydney over the last couple years and comes off a second to the great Darren ...

  10. Many Gains and Grand General to show what they're capable of

    Posted Dec 26th 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Another interesting debutant in the Wong Leng Handicap is Grand General, to be ridden by Zac Purton. Grand General won a trial over 800m last Tuesday, with the brown gelding scoring a soft win by a neck from Master Cristo (Paul Lo Pak-hin) and clocking 46.8 seconds. The Peter Ng Bik-keung-trained Grand General was slow to begin for Purton, but gathered speed quickly to sit right behind ...




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