Purton had earlier won the Class 5 Cassia Handicap (1200m) on Richard Gibson’s Kwaichung Brothers and the Class 4 Dianthus Handicap (1650m) aboard Little Island for Manfred Man, while he completed his quartet of winners with Caspar Fownes’ Best Step in the concluding Class 3 Wistaria Handicap (1200m).
“It was obviously a good night, I’ve had a lot of horses running well this season but I’ve had a lot of horses finishing second instead of winning and I’ve had a lot of horses look home and they’ve been run down,” he said. “So it was only a matter of time before things clicked and tonight was that night.”
Fownes believes that Best Step could become a Hong Kong Airlines Million Challenge contender after the four-year-old returned a winner and scored his first points in the annual series.
“He was first-up so I think he’ll come on for that,” Fownes said after the Cecconi gelding made all to hold Charity Glory by a neck. “He’s a dude of a horse, he’s such a gentleman. I think he’s an ideal Valley horse, in my mind I had the Million Challenge as a prospect for him but he’s going to have to step it up a notch after that. Hopefully he can do that.”
Racing returns to Sha Tin on Sunday (1 October), where the first stakes races of the season – the G3 National Day Cup (1000m) and G3 Celebration Cup (1400m) – headline the 10-event card. The first race is scheduled for 12.45pm.