Painstaking efforts set to pay off for Purton once again
12.15 Happy Valley
2.15 Happy Valley
3.50 Happy Valley
Zac Purton’s strategic planning has become legendary in Hong Kong andhis booking forHainan Starin the 5f handicap(12.15) at Happy Valley is typical of his endeavour to source winners.
It is not only brilliant riding that is propelling Purton towards a third jockeys’ title but his painstaking efforts in pinpointing winning material, from a variety of stables, is also an important part of his success story.
The Ricky Yiu-trained Hainan Star, a maiden after four starts and unraced since December, has obviously caught the champion’s eye.
Although he has never partnered the three-year-old in a racePurton was aboard when he won a barrier trial over course and distance at Happy Valley in April, and crucially when the gelding turned in a brilliant half-mile gallop at Sha Tinthis month.
Hainan Star should be in the firing line throughout fromgate one and there is every chance Purton’s judgement and enterprise will again be rewarded.
Magic Legend, Purton’s mount in the 5f handicap(2.15), is an entirely different story. The John Moore-trained gelding is fully exposed and has not wonfor more than two years, yet recent efforts have hinted at a return to form.
He finished second over course and distance from a wide draw last timeand he is set to figure prominently again here. Magic Legend has dropped 33lb in the handicap and is now dangerous on his present mark.
Frankie Lor saddles yet another promising middle-tier handicapper inRuletheroost, who takes a step up in grade when tackling the 1m1f handicap (3.50) with Umberto Rispoli in the saddle.
The German-bred four-year-old has two Happy Valley wins to his credit from his last three starts, and this seems the perfect progression for a Redoute’s Choice gelding, who is out of a Monsun mare.
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