Zac Purton requires six wins from the final two meetings to match Joao Moreira’s single season record of 170 wins. The champion jockey – fresh off a six-timer on Sunday – has enjoyed a rich partnership with John Moore in recent months and the duo will team up with Tashidelek in the Class 3 Sweet Orange Handicap (1800m), and with Touch Of Luck (131lb) in the Class 4 Maverick Star Handicap (1650m).
“Touch Of Luck will be a force to reckon with,” Moore said. “I think he’s a versatile type – we’ve had him on the turf here and the dirt. I feel that the little bit of cushion at Happy Valley will suit him down to the ground.
“He’s drawn awkwardly in nine on the A track but with Zac on board, who could ask for more?”
Both of Purton’s mounts arrived at Moore’s stable as transfers from rival trainers, two of several the handler has received to bolster his challenge.
“They’ve helped me in the premiership,” he said. “Without those stable transfers I wouldn’t be in the firing line to take on John Size. I do remember when I did win the last premiership (in 2014/15), there were a few stable transfers that season and that did make the difference. These horses changing stables, getting up and winning three or four, like Encouraging has done, that’s a big plus for the premiership.”