A Zac Purton treble dominated events at Happy Valley on Wednesday, 18 April, with the premiership title chaser reaching a career landmark and bagging the night’s trophy race for good measure.
The former champion was in the zone from the outset, driving the David Ferraris-trained Raichu to a short-head win in the Class 5 opener. The 2.3 favourite will go down in the records as Purton’s 800th Hong Kong win.
“I’m happy with that – it’s a nice number to get to. Now everyone can start talking about something else!” Purton quipped after becoming only the fourth rider in Hong Kong history to reach a century eight times over.
The Australian reached 798 with a five-timer on 23 March but suspensions had limited him to only one race meeting since. That was on 8 April when a single score took him to 799.
The milestone reached, Purton followed up in race two on 4.5 chance Savannah Wind and completed an accomplished three-timer aboard Fast Most Furious (125lb) in the Class 3 Hong Kong Rugby Union Cup Handicap (1200m).