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  1. Purton savours 'a fantastic week'

    Posted Jun 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Australian jockey Zac Purton kept on riding the wave of his biggest week in the sport with a treble at Sha Tin yesterday that took him to his highest season's win tally, which sat nicely next to his Royal Ascot win last Tuesday night. 'A fantastic end to what's been a fantastic week,' beamed Purton as he returned with the final ...

  2. Double joy as Purton's season just gets better

    Posted May 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken Zac Purton landed one of his longest-priced doubles of the season with Strathtay and Samadhi to reach the half century of winners and crept out to a worthwhile lead over Brett Prebble in the race for second in the jockeys' championship. With the David Ferraris-trained Strathtay at 42-1 and Manfred Man Ka-leung's Samadhi at 54-1, Purton was hardly a pin-up ...

  3. Purton scores treble the hard way

    Posted Feb 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Zac Purton was back in top form with a winning treble at Happy Valley last night to make a one-act affair of the Jockey Challenge but he was happy they weren't paying on margins. 'All three of them, I thought they were going to win easily and it ended up being a struggle,' said Purton after landing the opener with Industrial Legend ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Aussie gets off the mark at long odds in shortened day

    Posted Sep 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken Zac Purton broke the ice for the new season with 61-1 chance Happy Eagle in the opener. but was soon headed for an early shower. Purton had mounts for Almond Lee in the first ... of their grade and not getting my weight,' Purton said and admitted Happy Eagle's victory had been a surprise. 'His trial wasn't very good and I worked him the other morning and he ...

  6. Race form is fine, but Purton's ceremony style needs polishing

    Posted Jan 28th 2008, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Zac Purton hardly knew the protocol of the trophy ceremony after winning his first cup race at Sha Tin yesterday, but the Australian was happy to take instruction and learn in the hope it would not be his last. Purton (pictured) gave a copybook display in having Super Traveller perfectly positioned throughout the Jebsen Cup (1,400m), but the same couldn't be said ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Youngster doesn't enjoy face full of dirt, but knows how to win

    Posted Dec 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... but that is just what Zac Purton related. The Me Tsui Yu-sak-trained four-year-old won over 1,200m dirt surface last season and was third in October when he returned, but was caught wide both times and had ... in the air,' Purton said. 'It took a little while to get him relaxed and back in his gait again but, once he did, he was never going to lose.' ...

  10. Smart money on Go Dan Go proves spot on

    Posted May 10th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Intelligence from the Tony Millard yard in race nine was foiled after the three-year-old firmed from 9.0 to 4.7, but his backers had to settle for second. Go Dan Go (Zac Purton) had left followers happier in the second event, shortening from 5.5 to start favourite at 3.2. He was given a perfect trip by Purton and never looked in any danger of losing his first Class Four start, which ...




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