Zac Purton has put on a Wednesday night master class at Happy Valley in riding half the card and establishing a five win lead over Joao Moreira on top of this season's Hong Kong Jockey Championship.
Leading by just one win coming into this Happy Valley meeting, Purton wasted no time in adding to his tally with a win in the opener courtesy of a patient steer on the popular elect Aeroluminance ($2.45). This was before a comfortable victory in the fourth on Buoyant Boy ($3.50), a sit and steer job in the seventh on the smart Hot King Prawn ($1.30) before the dream gap opened in the last to get home the well supported top weight Super Hoppy ($3.65).
This puts the Australian hoop in a terrific position to end Moreira's reign with the champion Brazilian hoop having won the last three championship's in Hong Kong.
Purton famously ended another champion's streak in 2013/2014 when breaking Douglas Whyte's sensational run of thirteen in a row. The South African veteran did manage to wind back the clock a little tonight with a winning double and was narrowly denied a treble by Purton in the last.