Purton keeps rolling

Joao Moreira
Joao Moreira was in double form.

You have to go back two months and 17 meetings to find the last time Purton left the racecourse without a win and while the champion jockey was not in the kind of all-conquering form that has bagged six and four-timers for fun, he still walked home with a win at Sha Tin last night, Wednesday, 12 June, to maintain his streak.

It came on Lucky Win Win for trainer Benno Yung in race three, the Class 5 Tung Wan Handicap (1800m).

Joao Moreira moved to 81 wins for the campaign with a double and is now clear second in the premiership, three ahead of Karis Teetan.

The three-time champion opened proceedings with a smart success in section two of the Tong Fuk Handicap (1650m) on the John Size-trained Remarkable. The gelding nailed his third course and distance win, having dropped to a mark of 52 from 66 at the season’s start.

Moreira made it two when teaming up with the in-form David Hall in race four, section two of the Class 4 Silverstrand Handicap (1200m). The four-year-old stretched away to a two and a quarter-length win, breaking his maiden at start 10.

Trainer Frankie Lor turned to stable apprentice Alfred Chan to guide top-rated Starluck (123lb) to success in section one of the Class 4 Silverstrand Handicap (1200m). The rider rewarded his boss with a tidy three-quarter-length victory, box-seating the lead before switching out in the straight and quickening between runner-up Grand Harbour (122lb) and third-placed Sky Treasure (129lb).

That was the 10lb claimer’s seventh win and his first in a month.

Lor’s Kings Shield, fifth in the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot this time last year, finally found his Hong Kong feet at the seventh time of asking. The four-year-old led the field in the Class 3 Lido Handicap (1650m) and dashed clear down the straight to win by four and three-quarter lengths under Derek Leung.