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Jockey Zac Purton was one of a handful of riders and runners to fall in the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint on Sunday at Sha Tin and despite multiple injuries the Australian native was in good spirits when arriving at the track for a barrier trial session on Tuesday

Zac Purton winning a race at Sha Tin in Hong Kong

Purton was aboard Lucky Patch in the $4m feature at Sha Tin when the runner in front of him ridden by South African jockey Lyle Hewitson tripped and brought down the Australian as well as two other horses.

Unfortunately the accident led to two horses being euthanized with three riders including Purton and Hewitson being hospitalised with various injuries.

Despite the fall the Australian was in good spirits however and eager to jump straight back in the saddle. 

“I feel pretty good actually, if the doctors didn’t tell me all of the little injuries I have I’d be ready to jump back on a horse now, but I just need a couple of weeks off, maybe, the wrist is probably the most sore at this stage but the four fractured ribs are ok.

“I’m surprised I have the fractures (in the ribs) because they feel fine, the nose is not a problem, it was already bent but the wrist is a little sore, so I’ll see the specialist today and we’ll try and work out how long I’ll be out for and what to do with that,” Purton explained.

Despite registering four broken ribs, a fractured wrist and broken nose Purton believes he could be between 2 to 4 weeks away from getting back in the saddle.

“I’ve already booked in to start using the Hyperbaric (Oxygen) Chamber and do a few other things, so I’ll try and speed up the process as quickly as I can and if I am back in two weeks, then I’m back in two weeks, but if it takes three then so be it or four, hopefully at the worst,” Purton said.

Before the fall Zac had been in solid form winning the first three races on the card with wins aboard Fast Most Furious and Good Runner for David Hall, before he capped his running treble atop Tempest Express for John Size.

Similar to our report yesterday Purton could have one eye on a return to Australia in the Autumn with the likes of the Golden Slipper, The Championships and All Star Mile all providing big money opportunities to ride. 

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