Upcoming Group Races
SEE THE FULL 2022 RACING CALENDAR

Advertiser Disclosure

This website is a free online resource that strives to offer helpful content and comparison features to our visitors. We accept advertising compensation from companies that appear on the site, which impacts the location and order in which brands (and/or their products) are presented, and also impacts the score that is assigned to it. Company listings on this page DO NOT imply endorsement. We do not feature all providers on the market. Except as expressly set forth in our Terms of Use, all representations and warranties regarding the information presented on this page are disclaimed. The information, including pricing, which appears on this site is subject to change at any time.

Got It

PURTON IN GOOD SPIRITS AFTER FALL

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. 

More News


Punters, maximize your horse racing betting experience! Sign up for free and enjoy free betting tips, special betting offers, and up-to-date horse racing news.SIGN ME UP!
TAB Logo
All Sky Racing Channels
Live on your App
Join Now
*TC’s Apply. Gamble Responsibly. Gamblers Help 1800 858 858
Palmerbet Logo
$100 Bonus Matched
2nd Racing Bet*
Join Now
Excl WA. Max Racing Bonus $100. 2nd Racing Bet. Racing Bonus Bets only. Existing Customer ...More
Unibet Logo
Bet On Racing
& Get Up To $200
Join Now
Existing Customers Only. Excludes SA. 18+ T&C’s and wagering requirements apply.
Dabble Logo
FOLLOW other punters, COPY their bets, and BANTER with your mates
Join Now
T&Cs apply and available on website. Gamble responsibly. www.gamblinghelponline.org.au. 18 ...More
Check All Offers