Purton throws off troubles with 'progressive' treble
Zac Purton finally managed to throw off his troubles of the past month, slip back into the winning groove he enjoyed through most of this season and land a "progressive" treble.
Purton arrived on three-year-old Dining Star and equally-inexperienced four-year-old Pleasure Gains for Manfred Man Ka-leung, and sandwiched between them was another youngster My Favorite for Caspar Fownes, taking his record to four runs for three wins.
Apart from the kidney stone issues which sidelined the Australian rider for two recent meetings, Purton said the ill-timed drought that saw him win only three races in all of June had been down to the lack of progressive horses.
"These are the types of horses I just haven't been on lately - I've had 10 seconds in the last month but they've been the kinds of horses with nothing to spare in the handicaps," Purton said after taking his personal tally to 87 wins for the season.
Dining Star didn't hold the lead in the fifth, but he did hold the inside rail as he let Joyful Luck and outsider Mister Marc squabble outside him for the front and Purton said he was fortunate to be able to dictate the race like that.
"K-Moochi was the leader and when he blew the start, it gave control of the race to me," he said. "This guy is nice big animal with a terrific attitude and he still hasn't put it together so next season he'll be better.
"Manfred's other winner, Pleasure Gains, wasn't entirely happy in what was pretty wet ground by his race. He was only handling it in patches but what I liked was how he dug in when he was challenged and I really liked his win."
The rain allowed Canto-pop star Aaron Kwok Fu-shing a more subdued stampede of fans than after My Favorite's previous wins but the horse himself left no doubt that there is more to come.
"Caspar just said go forward, whatever gets through the ground will win and My Favorite towed me the whole way - just another progressive horse," Purton said.