Purton overtakes Moreira in Hong Kong with a five-bagger

Steve Bennett Steve Bennett
  • Purton bags five as he zooms past Moreira in the race for the premiership
Pic: Hong Kong Racing


Star Australian rider Zac Purton gave Joao Moreira a cold as he overtook him in the HK Jockey’s Premiership on Wednesday night.

In what turned out to be one of Purton’s most successful night’s in the saddle, the 37-year-old rider bagged five winners and three minor placings on the nine-race card at Happy Valley.

Lately, Purton has been feeling ‘out of sorts’, complaining of a lack of support but all that went out the window on Wednesday night as Happy Valley belonged completely to him.

He couldn’t have started the night any better, Riding the first three winners on the program.

Then after riding three minor placegetters he finished the night with a bang, steering Reel Bizzy to victory in race seven and then capping off the program with a solid win on board the in-form Dances With Dragon in the last of the evening.

The result may have quashed his feelings over his concerns of late with the quality of rides he feels deeply about which he shared in a recent interview.

“The majority of the stables I ride for are ticking over and doing their job but none of them are really on fire,” Purton told the Jockey Club in the build-up to the card.

“I really need a bit of a kick along – I need someone to give me a bit more support if I can get it, so I’m not entirely happy with the way the bookings are going.”

But after last night’s results, it appears as though Purton’s prayers were answered and he was quick to respond.

“It’s hard to ride one winner in Hong Kong so five in one night is nice,” the three-time champion said.

“It is nice to get [some support] because it is just so hard – I can’t get on any of the horses I want to get on. It’s a bit frustrating.

“The main stables I ride for are ticking over, but I really need them to jump out of the blocks a bit for me. But it is what it is, I just have to deal with it and hope the wheel starts spinning for me.

“I walk out happy – it’s a good night – hopefully it sets the tone for what may lie ahead towards the end of the season.”

The race for this year’s jockey’s premiership has taken a big change after last night’s results.

With five more winners going onto Purton’s tally, he now moves to 114 for the season with Moreira (who finished the night winless) remaining on 110.

Pic: Hong Kong Racing

The battle continues this coming Saturday at Sha Tin.