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