Four Group 1s at Sha Tin Racecourse Feature Prominent Aussies
There is not a lot happening on the turf of the Australian metropolitan racecourses in the month of December, but Hong Kong, that financial paradise that has attracted some of Australia’s most successful horses, jockeys and trainers with the lure of riches for so many years, this weekend staged its biggest day of racing for the year.
As has often been the case over the years, an Aussie expat was there to leave his mark.
It was Zac Purton this time, who used the day to add two Group 1 victories to his take, needing a total of only 2,800 metres to do so.
Purton won the 1,200 metre Longines Hong Kong Sprint on Aerovelocity, an Aussie/Kiwi blend, at least as far back as the two previous generations are concerned, and the Longines Hong Kong Mile aboard Beauty Only, an Irish gelding with quite a bit of North American blood in his lines.
Another Aussie hoop, Ryan Moore, took the day’s feature race, the 2,000 metre Longines Hong Kong Cup, courtesy of Maurice, a Japanese bred entire that will now seek to add to his coffers with stud fees. Purton scored a second in that race, riding Secret Weapon, a British gelding originally named Code Star.