$200 in Bonus Bets
Get your first bet matched with up to $200 in racing bonuses*
$500 in Bonus Bets
Sign-up, Join now & get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in racing bonus bets*
Deposit $250, Bet with $550
Sign-up, deposit $250 & receive $300 in racing bonus bets. That's $550 to bet with!*
Deposit $20, Bet with $120
Sign-up, deposit $20 & receive $100 in racing bonus bets. That's $120 to bet with!*
$300 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $300 in racing bonus bets*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly

Hong Kong-based Australian jockey Zac Purton headed to Japan this year on a mission to find the Melbourne Cup winner.

That’s how he secured the ride on Admire Rakti, the new Melbourne Cup favourite after a barnstorming Caulfield Cup win on Saturday.

He had never met Admire Rakti’s owner Riichi Kondo or trainer Tomoyuki Umeda.

Purton knew the strength of the Japanese stayers and was only too happy to accept the ride on the seven-year-old in the Melbourne Cup and as well as his lead-in run in the Caulfield Cup.

But a trip to Melbourne last week to partner his Cox Plate mount Sacred Falls in the Caulfield Stakes had Purton thinking he could snare the Caulfield Cup.

Purton went to Werribee and galloped Admire Rakti and felt the entire was sharp enough to win over 2400m.

“I specifically went to Japan in the off-season to try and pick up a ride in the Melbourne Cup,” Purton said.

“That was my goal and obviously I have done very well but it’s not over yet.

“The stable had me believing that he was going to be better at Flemington.

“He races better second-up, but after I rode him in work last week and felt how sharp he was I thought I would win this race.”

Purton was in a relaxed mood after another big win in Australia racing.

He returned from Hong Kong during the Sydney autumn carnival, partnering Sacred Falls to victory in the Doncaster Mile but Purton took the Caulfield Cup victory in his stride.

“It doesn’t matter if I’m riding for the biggest owner in the world or someone who has a $1500 horse,” Purton said.

“At the end of the day I’ve got a job to do and I’ve got to do it for whoever I ride for.”

 
  • Deposit
    $200
  • Bet with
    $400!
  • First bet matched with up to $200 in Racing Bonus Bets!*
  • Join now!
Claim up to $200 in Racing Bonus Bets!*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Featured News

Over $5,000 in Free Racing Bonus Bets

Just Horse Racing provides readers with a Free list of the best Bonus Bet offers available at every online bookmaker...

Winx the autumn star for the final time

Champion Winx and her trainer Chris Waller have been the biggest winners over the Sydney autumn carnival as she ended...

Ben Currie given extension to stay

Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie has been granted an extension of a stay which will allow him to continue training through...

Suspended trainer faces additional charges

Suspended trainer Ben Smith will face a further 10 charges following two Racing NSW inquiries into the use and supply...

Could Winx have won a Melbourne Cup?

There’s one question Hugh Bowman has been asked over and over again about Winx. Could the greatest racehorse of our...

 
 
 
Copyright © 2019 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.