Zac Purton opens up HKJC jockeys’ premiership lead

Zac Purton
Zac Purton is four clear in the premiership.

Zac Purton extended his lead in the jockeys’ premiership to four wins thanks to a double at Sha Tin on Sunday, 21 June. The Australian has 132 on the board to Joao Moreira’s 128 after the latter’s single win.

The three-time champ struck first when Winning Brew took section one of the Class 4 Garnet Handicap (1200m) for trainer Frankie Lor and he followed up in the Class 4 Lapis Lazuli Handicap (1600m) aboard the Danny Shum-trained Regency Master.

The Tony Cruz stable is still very much in the running for the trainers’ premiership after Flying Sword took the Class 3 Alexandrite Handicap (1400m) under Karis Teetan, who kept up his excellent form with a treble.

Teetan helped trainer Michael Chang to achieve the first two across the line in the Class 4 Opal Handicap (2000m), with the rider teaming with Bullish Glory (124lb) to earn a second win on the bounce, ahead of stablemate Mister Monte (115lb).

But the pinnacle was an impressive score on the Tony Millard-trained Amazing Chocolate which took the Mauritian to 84 wins, level with his best ever season’s tally. The five-year-old stormed down centre-track from deep to make it three wins from his last four starts.

That made it a double for Team Millard, jockey Antoine Hamelin having been in the saddle for section two of the Garnet Handicap, when top-weight Yee Cheong Pegasus held the green Sky Field by half a length.

United We Stand
Jerry Chau sets up a double on United We Stand.

United We Stand blitzed them in the opener, the Class 5 Tourmaline Handicap (1000m). The Danny Shum-trained galloper made the most of a drop in class, Jerry Chau’s 10lb claim, and a solid tail wind, to open his account at the eighth attempt, smashing the class record by 0.65s with a time of 55.64s; the margin was five lengths.

Chau nailed a double when steering First Responder to success for his boss Douglas Whyte. The four-year-old took section three of the Garnet Handicap.