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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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