On an afternoon that saw turnover take a rare dip as a by-product of the Occupy Central protests, there were still some large betting moves that crashed and burned - and champion jockey Zac Purton thought he might be one of them shortly after the start of the opening race.

Once he gets into his races, he's quite a relaxed customer and gives me the feeling you'll see the best of him when he gets out to 1,400m
Zac Purton on Incredible Fellow

Richard Gibson-trained Incredible Fellow, backed into odds-on as the day's hottest favourite, had his mind on other things in the starting gates and the grey flopped out like a sack of potatoes at the tail of the field when the starter let them go. For a horse expected to be with the lead, it wasn't ideal.

"Richard said to me Incredible Fellow can be a bit of a goose and to be mindful of him, so I got a man up with him in the barriers but the horse wouldn't concentrate," Purton said. "He was busy looking at the other horses.

"If you look at his other starts, he's always a bit sluggish just when the gates open. When he landed back there I thought, 'This isn't much good,' but when you do get him running he does have some speed and got up into a good spot pretty quickly."

From a position trailing the pace, Incredible Fellow was able to gather himself up and didn't look in any danger of defeat once the first half of the race was behind him.

"He has a bit of scope though - once he gets into his races, he's quite a relaxed customer and gives me the feeling you'll see the best of him when he gets out to 1,400m," Purton said.

The second half of the Australian's double got Dennis Yip Chor-hong on the scoresheet for the season when Brilliant Shine continued his progress from late last term.

The champion trainer of 2012-13 had been a major contributor to Purton's ascendancy on the jockeys' ranks in recent seasons, so Purton was delighted to get him off the mark.

"Brilliant Shine trialled a month ago and Dennis has just kept him ticking since and it was a good effort because, although he's been out every morning, he hasn't really been asked to do a lot in his work," Purton said.

"If anything, I felt he was a touch underdone in his work although I admit I felt happier with him when I saw him in the paddock. He looked like he had come to play, even if he hadn't felt that way on the track. His best is definitely ahead of him."

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