Zac Purton

Purton stretches his championship lead over Moreira

Bernard's Choice (Zac Purton) hits the line to complete the Australian rider's double. Photos: Kenneth Chan

Championship leader Zac Purton didn't have the day he might have expected but it was enough to win the Jockey Challenge again and extend his lead in the title race out to 10 over Joao Moreira.

Sunday, 2 March, 2014, 7:07pm

Numero Uno to be number one at last in Triple Trio

Numero Uno (Zac Purton) was just edged out by Mighty Equus (Nicola Pinna) two starts back, but he can win on Saturday. Photos: Kenneth Chan

He keeps creeping up the ratings without winning, but Numero Uno drawing barrier number one is a great sign in more ways than one in the middle leg of Saturday's Triple Trio at Sha Tin.

Narrowly beaten at his last two starts, the Benno Yung Tin-pang-trained four-year-old can get all the favours in the Macau-Taipa Bridge Handicap (1,400m) and haul top weight to victory.

27 Feb 2014 - 9:22pm

Purton's Jockeys' Championship bid heats up with a double

Zac Purton drives Precision King to the line to win his third consecutive race on Sunday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Zac Purton awoke from a winter slumber and bounced back into form with a double to extend his Jockeys' Championship lead - but the man himself was heaping the praise on his two winners.

23 Feb 2014 - 10:46pm

Strong start crucial for Purton upset in Jockey Challenge

Zac Purton can upset Joao Moreira in the Jockey Challenge. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Short-priced favourites in the two feature races ensure Joao Moreira is top pick in Sunday's Jockey Challenge at Sha Tin, but better value may be found shopping elsewhere - and backing Zac Purton - on an otherwise wide-open day.

15 Feb 2014 - 9:23pm

Life's great mysteries - and why Zac doesn't ride for Size, Cruz, and now Moore

A sight unlikely to be seen again any time soon – Zac Purton and John Moore at trackwork earlier this season. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Take the mysteries of Stonehenge, the Bermuda Triangle, the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot combined and you don’t come close to the head-scratcher that is leading jockey Zac Purton essentially not riding for the three major stables in town.

14 Feb 2014 - 9:31am 2 comments

Purton could still snatch the title, warns rampant Moreira

Joao Moreira scores an emphatic five-length victory in the last event aboard Flame Hero to complete his four-timer at Sha Tin on Saturday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Joao Moreira believes leader Zac Purton is the most likely winner of the Jockeys' Championship, even after a four-timer at Sha Tin took him to within nine wins of his rival at the halfway mark of the season.

8 Feb 2014 - 10:54pm

No value, but Moreira to dominate Challenge

Joao Moreira had a night to forget on Wednesday, but can rebound at Sha Tin on Saturday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

It is hard to go past Joao Moreira as the likely winner of the Jockey Challenge at Sha Tin, even if his odds-on quote doesn't look the greatest value bet.

Moreira is the only rider with a full book of 10 rides, and on what could easily be a wide open day, the Magic Man was installed $1.80 early favourite before firming into $1.60 last night.

7 Feb 2014 - 9:31pm

Who has dominated the first half of the racing season?

Dominant's Hong Kong Vase win is one memorable moment from the first half of the season. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Saturday at Sha Tin marks the halfway point of the season, but it already feels as though there have been enough highlights to fill up two seasons. Let’s go through the best rides, training efforts and individual horse performances of the first half of this term.

7 Feb 2014 - 9:45am

Purton can produce a Triple Trio Smile on his return

Zac Purton (right) can make a winning return aboard Paul O'Sullivan's Celestial Smile. Photo: Kenneth Chan

A re-energised Zac Purton returns from a two-meeting suspension on Saturday and should salute in the final leg of the Sha Tin Triple Trio on the Paul O'Sullivan-trained Celestial Smile.

Celestial Smile has given the indication he needs further at each of his three runs so far, and he again progresses up in trip to what looks like an ideal 1,600m.

6 Feb 2014 - 9:34pm

I'm not counting my chickens in jockey's title race, says Whyte

All You Wish wins with something in hand for Douglas Whyte. Photo: Kenneth Chan

The fat lady hasn't sung but there was the scrape of a chair and a clearing of the throat at Sha Tin as she stood up in readiness after Douglas Whyte's treble set Zac Purton an unreasonable task to catch him in the final seven meetings of the jockeys' championship.

17 Jun 2013 - 11:32am

Action speaks louder than words

John Moore pats Flagship Shine (Douglas Whyte) after his gritty all-weather track win in the last race. Moore said the gelding may have just turned into a 2014 Hong Kong Derby candidate. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Douglas Whyte still won't talk about his season-long duel for the jockeys' championship with Zac Purton, but his trademark fist-pump as he crossed the line on Flagship Shine in the last said it all - the 12-time champ is back - and he has a 13th straight title firmly in his sights.

13 Jun 2013 - 6:02am

Purton and Cruz make their point

Bobo Dragon takes full advantage of a soft lead to kick away and claim his second successive victory for Zac Purton, who now trails Douglas Whyte by three. Photo: Kenneth Chan

If anyone thought or even hoped that yesterday's Sha Tin meeting was going to shed some fresh light on the jockey or trainer championships, then they left thoroughly disappointed with what was nearly a contender-free zone.

3 Jun 2013 - 4:39am

Hot Purton reignites title chase with treble

Zac Purton

Just when some were calling the jockeys' championship all over, not least Zac Purton himself, the Australian again closed the gap on leader Douglas Whyte to five wins with 13 meetings remaining.

27 May 2013 - 3:39am

Dominant trainer Moore sounds note of caution

Zac Purton gives Dominant a solid hitout on the course proper ahead of Sunday's Champions & Chater Cup. Photo: Kenneth Chan

A searching turf gallop yesterday brought Dominant a pass mark ahead of the HK$8 million Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup on Sunday, but jockey Zac Purton's report to trainer John Moore stopped short of glowing.

24 May 2013 - 4:50am

'My horses are more important than title'

Dennis Yip Chor-hong

No sooner had Dennis Yip Chor-hong strode three wins clear of reigning champion John Size in the trainers' title race at Sha Tin yesterday, then he declared his priority for his horses' future over winning his first championship.

12 May 2013 - 5:05am