Zac Purton relishes weight loss journey for Aethero – ‘my body feels better’

Zac Purton relishes weight loss journey for Aethero – ‘my body feels better’

by Trenton Akers

The Australian jockey insists he has all but made the weight for the star sprinter, a week out from his grand final

Champion jockey Zac Purton insists he has more energy than ever as he enters the final week of his weight-loss journey to ride star three-year-old Aethero in his first Group One.

The Australian, who is currently suspended from racing, only recently returned from an overseas trip to Phuket where he said he ate only “starter” size meals and trained every day.

“I have been eating entrée or starter-size meals, they have been very small and I have been very hungry, I don’t remember the last time I was this hungry for this long,” Purton laughed.

Zac Purton races clear to win on Aethero.
Zac Purton races clear to win on Aethero.

“I feel fine, even though I have been hungry. I actually feel like I have plenty of energy, more than I normally would, so from that point of view things are fine.

“I trained every day when I was away, I watched my weight really closely, I made sure I was on getting on the scales every day and managing it like I need to.”

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Usually riding at around 120 pounds, it has been almost eight years since Purton got himself down to ride at Aethero’s allotted featherweight of 117 pounds.

While he is yet to hit the magic number, he is certain he will reach the figure in time for race day, possibly even in time to declare the weight for Wednesday night’s International Jockeys’ Championship at Happy Valley.