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  1. 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 ...

  2. Rising star Little Bridge ready to step up for next big thing

    Posted Jan 02nd 2011, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... in the Chinese Club Challenge Cup (1,400m) yesterday. The Cup looked out of the reach of Little Bridge and Zac Purton at the 200m as he was being bounced around like a pinball between horses, while ... in the shorter races at the top of the straight and I thought he wouldn't do it when he stepped up in trip,' said Purton. 'But he did it again today. While he was in that spot, he ...

  3. Young gun Angland is the latest Aussie to join riding ranks

    Posted Sep 25th 2010, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Top young Sydney jockey Tye Angland has been granted a licence to join the Hong Kong roster from early next month. Angland, 21, is one of the rising stars of the Sydney scene and the champion apprentice rider in 2007 when he was third on the overall standings behind Darren Beadman and Zac Purton in his second full season. Since graduating to the senior ranks two years ago, ...

  4. Forget his second-up flop, Kingdom out to rule again

    Posted Dec 12th 2010, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... of the guard among local sprinters, with the likes of Lucky Nine, Let Me Fight and his greatest danger, Little Bridge (Zac Purton). Unbeaten in his first five starts, Little Bridge has never taken ...

  5. Talented Entrapment can get back in the groove

    Posted Nov 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... own way in the run their either. Zac Purton was forced to spear across from a wide gate and sit outside the speed, which is not his strength- he usually sits and sprints from around midfield. Gerald Mosse replaces Purton and gets the benefit of gate five, which gives him the tactical advantage over Whyte on Entrapment in seven. Entrapment may have upside, but an argument could be made ...

  6. Yiu believes Kingdom will find his feet

    Posted Nov 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... and yesterday jockey Zac Purton gave the gelding his final serious hit-out in a 1,000m turf trial. Sacred Kingdom ambled through his heat in the unaccustomed role of pacemaker against a mostly ... was laid-back, it was a weak field and the sectional time in the first 400m was a bit too slow. He jumped well and did his own thing and when the jockey asked him, he responded.' Purton said ...

  7. Sacred Kingdom's future in doubt

    Posted Dec 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... would have expected him a little closer in the run.' Jockey Zac Purton added: 'Just too hard for him from that gate, when he quickened he just didn't go through with it like he ...

  8. Sport - Racing - JAPAN

    Shoe will be on other foot when Japanese come to Sha Tin

    Posted Oct 03rd 2012, 01:19am by Alan Aitken

    ... Stand Stakes and the Sprinters Stakes, the race was a decent ask for horse and trainer. As Zac Purton pointed out, trainer Danny Shum Chap-shing had done well to have Little Bridge back to his ...

  9. Yiu to keep Kingdom fresh for HK Sprint

    Posted Oct 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... is not difficult to keep fit and ticking over between now and then.' That move has allowed Sacred Kingdom's rider, Zac Purton, to renew his successful association with Little Bridge, who ran ...

  10. Lucky Nine has power and position to land Classic Mile

    Posted Jan 23rd 2011, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... real margin for error. Horses like Little Bridge (Zac Purton) and Xtension (Darren Beadman) will certainly make their way into the same sphere of the ratings in time and the race has some depth ...




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