Zac Purton is playing down his chances of making history at Sha Tin on Sunday (14 July) when he will need to ride five winners to top Joao Moreira’s record of 170 wins in a Hong Kong season.
“Unless a miracle happens, it looks like it’s going to be too tough,” the champion jockey said this morning, Friday, 12 July.
But if Moreira is the “Magic Man”, Purton has this season shown a knack for pulling off the miraculous, not least when producing a stunning six-timer at the big track last weekend – his fourth six-win haul this term.
Whether or not he breaks the record, he has enjoyed a superb season. Aside from his 166 wins so far – an incredible tally for a rider who rarely rides below 120lb – he has partnered Hong Kong’s superstar Beauty Generation through an eight-win unbeaten sequence and struck up a top class partnership with leading stayer Exultant.