Zac Purton snared three wins at Happy Valley midweek, one of those for the John Size stable, and the champion jockey is looking for more of the same at Sha Tin on Sunday (24 February) as he seeks to increase his considerable advantage in the title race.
With Size’s star stable jockey Joao Moreira serving a suspension, Purton has four rides on the 10-race card for the champion trainer including the bright young hope, Full Of Beauty.
“I’m just getting on the right horses at the moment,” Purton said as he aims to maintain the streak that has carried him to the winner’s arch eight times in the past three meetings.
The Australian has banked a pair of trebles in the last week and a half to edge back to the form that saw him complete a brilliant five-timer on 16 December. Following that pre-Christmas haul, the wins had been arriving in a steady stream rather than a torrent.
“Things weren’t slow but for a while I was just getting one winner a meeting or a couple here and there, which is good but it’s not quite good enough for me. It’s nice to now be able to up the ante a little bit,” he said.
“Recently we’ve had the holiday period, with Chinese New Year, so it felt like I was a little bit out of my routine and rhythm. Now that all that stuff is past, I feel like I’ve got back into the groove again and I suppose the results are saying that,” he said.