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  1. Lazy Gift Is Gift knows how to seal the deal

    Posted May 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken The Almond Lee-trained Gift Is Gift impressed absolutely no-one with his work leading into yesterday's Arculli Trophy, but jockey Zac Purton knew there was nothing fresh ... in the run down the straight. 'But you would never pick him as a good horse from his trackwork,' said Purton. 'It was my first race ride on him but I've been on him quite a lot ...

  2. Purton repays Ng's faith with well-timed win on five-year-old

    Posted Nov 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken Trainer Gary Ng Ting-keung stuck with Zac Purton on Kingston Spartacus, Purton stuck with the horse and the tale ended in cheers as the five-year-old claimed an overdue victory. The gelding had run well in three starts this season, the latest when trapped wide and beaten in a photo by Redoute Star over 1,800m at his previous run under Purton. 'He drew wide ...

  3. Moment to savour for cool Purton

    Posted Dec 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Michael Cox michael.cox@scmp.com Zac Purton admits he was feeling the pressure early in the Happy Valley Trophy (1,200m), but after an ice-cool effort to recover and win on At Moment ... missed the kick on the sprinter and found himself trailing the Class One field. But Purton held his nerve and charted a rails-run passage to ring up a double and help continue Shum's stellar ...

  4. Purton to get best out of Groovy

    Posted Nov 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Dennis Yip Chor-hong and jockey Zac Purton have been infrequent partners in the past, but the trainer has turned again to the Australian rider to work the oracle with Groovy in the Tung Wah Group Of Hospitals Challenge Cup (1,200m) at Happy Valley tonight. In four completed seasons, Purton had only four rides for Yip but has doubled that tally ...

  5. Purton sheds bridesmaid's tag with gem of a ride

    Posted Nov 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Michael Cox The dominant debut win of Jade Christy not only delivered Ricky Yiu Poon-fai the first half of a training double, it broke a frustrating run of seconds for jockey Zac Purton. Purton must have been wondering where his next winner would come from after not hitting the line first since October 9 and consistently 'finding one better' ever since. Since riding ...

  6. Purton sticks by Sacred choice after crossing Bridge

    Posted Dec 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken For jockey Zac Purton, safely ensconced in Hong Kong's top four riders during the past four years, the 2011 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint has been a tale of two horses. ... Shum Chap-shing-trained Little Bridge for most of his career, Purton also found himself in demand for the ride on Ricky Yiu Poon-fai's ageing world champion, Sacred Kingdom. 'I had ...

  7. Purton can come up trumps over Prebble

    Posted Sep 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Michael Cox michael.cox@scmp.com Zac Purton can get the better of compatriot and fellow Jockey Challenge favourite Brett Prebble today at Sha Tin. The two Aussies have eight rides on the 10-race card and shared favouritism at $4.75 late yesterday. Purton started the season quietly but has ridden winners at each of the last two meetings, from just three opportunities on each day. ...

  8. Redemption as Purton drives home Humongus

    Posted Oct 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Michael Cox Zac Purton made amends to trainer Andreas Schutz on Humongus with a well-timed come-from-behind win, but there were some nervous moments once again. Schutz was mildly critical of Purton's handling of his now six-year-old in a race late last season when he was beaten a nose in a Class Five event at Sha Tin. This time, again in a Class Five over 1,600m, Purton seemingly hit ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ... and unfortunately I can't even ride Little Bridge in the 1,000m because I've made a firm commitment to Sacred Kingdom,' said Purton, who has won six of his 10 rides on Little Bridge. ...




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