Zac Skips Clear In Honkers Premiership

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Zac Purton slayed them again at Happy Valley and has edged closer to winning an elusive second Hong Kong jockeys’ premiership.

Purton rode four winners on Wednesday and is on 121 wins, five clear of arch-rival and defending champion Joao Moreira, with eight meetings left in the season.

Purton was $1.90 to win the title, prior to the Happy Valley meeting. The superstar hoop is now $1.20.

Premiership market here.

The Aussie ex-pat’s winners were Aeroluminance, Buoyant Boy, Hot King Prawn and Super Hoppy. Hot King Prawn is trained by former Brisbane trainer and Australian Racing Hall Of Famer, John Size.

The three-year-old gelding is very promising and took his tally to six wins from seven starts. No doubt Purton could peel off a few more wins on the Prawn before the season ends.

“Riding four or five winners at every meeting just doesn’t happen. I think it’s going to be a good battle from here,’’ Purton said of the premiership race.

Purton became the third Australian to win a title in 2014 when he ended Douglas Whyte’s 13-year premiership reign. Since then Purton has finished second to Moreira each year. The two other Aussies that won the title were Gary Moore and Noel Barker.

Moreira is having his last season in Hong Kong, after agreeing to ride in Japan next season. The five win buffer is handy for Purton, but his Brazilian rival is more than capable of riding multiple winners at a meeting.

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