It’s taken 52 race meetings but a Zac Purton double at Happy Valley tonight (25 March) meant the champion jockey poked his nose into the lead in the title race for the first time since late September.
The Australian ace arrived at the city-side venue one win behind his great rival Joao Moreira. At Sha Tin on Sunday, Purton outpointed the Brazilian by three wins to two.
The championship race seems set for a ding-dong battle through to the season’s final meeting at the Valley on 15 July.
“It looks that way but we’ll just see what happens, it’s going to come down to which of us gets the better support – that’ll be the decisive factor,” Purton said.