Purton looks to keep rolling

Zac Purton on Exultant
Zac Purton celebrates victory aboard Exultant.

Zac Purton’s career-best term rolls into Happy Valley full of momentum after tallying seven of the 12 possible Group 1’s this season, thanks to Exultant’s weekend win – one of six on the day – which came less than 24 hours after the Australian partnered Southern Legend to Kranji Mile success.

“You savour any win here, you work for every single win that you get, there’s a lot of hard work that goes into it and you need the opportunities,” the champion jockey said, adding, “that day’s now behind me and I need to focus on what I need to do.”

The Australian Ace has ridden an astonishing 13 winners from his last 25 rides in Hong Kong and will partner last-start winner Le Terroir (127lb) in the Class 4 Ho Chung River Handicap (1200m), the fourth race on Wednesday’s card.

Le Terroir will break from barrier two in Wednesday’s race. He was forced to work early from stall 11 when winning last start.

“I think the horse was always working his way towards a win, to be competitive and be in a finish like he was, he’s probably just matured a little bit more in recent times,” Purton said.

“I think the draw helps him a lot, from those awkward gates he had to do a little bit of work to get into a handy spot, whereas from this draw he should be able to get there more comfortably and hopefully that means he’s got a little bit more to give but the form out of his races has been solid.”