Purton realistic as recordbreaking season reaches crescendo at Sha Tin

Purton realistic as recordbreaking season reaches crescendo at Sha Tin

Records have been an overarching theme of yet another stellar season for Hong Kong champion jockey Zac Purton but theAustralian-born rider, who will land his third title when the campaign draws to a close at Sha Tin today, remains realistic about the prospect of him breaching the hallowed figure of 170 winners in a single year.                                   

Purton, who secured his first jockeys’ title in 2013/14 when breaking the 13-year tenure of
Douglas Whyte, followed up with a second win last season, and while the hat-trick of championships
has long been a formality, the likelihood of him toppling the 170 landmark has proven the more
pertinent discussion topic in recent weeks.

That benchmark was set by three-time champion and current title runner-up Joao
Moreira in 2016/17 and while Purton – whose tally stands at 166 successes across an all-conquering year – has ten opportunities to ride the five winners he requires for a history-making
afternoon, the 36-year-old is philosophical
heading into the 11-race card.“I haven’t really felt like I’ve had the quality
horses at the back end of the season to beable to get to that mark,” Purton told ANZ
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