Zac Purton’s pursuit of a fifth Hong Kong jockeys’ championship has continued with a Sha Tin quartet, capped by the success of Glorious Artist in the Class 2 Cuckoo Handicap (dirt, 1650m), as the Australia reduced Joao Moreira’s still imposing lead to 18.
With a dead-heat on Lucky Fun and outright victories aboard Hang’s Decision and Fairy Floss, Purton snared the evening’s feature on Frankie Lor’s Glorious Artist in the HK$2.2 million finale to post his 88th winner of the season.
Moreira, who has 106 wins, led the championship by 30 wins on 11 February.
“That’s four, so that’s nice – hopefully I could do that every meeting,” Purton said, praising Glorious Artist’s tenacity.
“The pace really suited us but we still had to do a lot of work from where we were. It was a tough, brave effort.
“Frankie was convinced I should have been on (stablemate) Kings Shield but I thought the race would be run at a fast speed and I was more partial to riding a horse that could close.
“He had a lighter weight and Kings Shield, well I wasn’t convinced he was in his best form.