On a night of milestones, Zac Purton registered a century of winners in a Hong Kong season for the sixth time to maintain hopes of overtaking Joao Moreira in the race for the 2020/21 jockeys’ championship with a double at Happy Valley on Wednesday (28 April).
The Australian brought up his 100th winner of the current term on David Hayes-trained Donc Je Suis in the Class 4 Kotewall Handicap (2200m) in class record time to reach triple figures.
The four-time champion jockey previously achieved the feat in 2013/14, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20.
Purton, 38, first rode in Hong Kong in the 2007/08 season and now has 1270 winners in the jurisdiction – a tally bettered only by 13-time champion Douglas Whyte (1813).
Trailing Joao Moreira 115-100 in the 2020/21 championship, Purton was satisfied to reach the ton after earlier partnering Hayes-trained Red Majesty to victory in the second section of the Class 5 Lyttelton Handicap (1650m).
“It’s the mark I look to hit every season. If you get to there, it paints a picture for itself, doesn’t it? It means you’ve had a fairly decent season,” Purton said of his 100th winner before raising doubts over where he could catch Moreira with 21 meeting left in the season.
“I’ve got a long way to go, we’re running out of meetings.”
Purton achieved the milestone at his 550th ride for the season.