Zac Purton followed a four-timer at Sha Tin last weekend with a double on Wednesday night that began with victory on the promising Reliable Team. Frankie Lor’s three-year-old made it two from two with a three and a half-length success in the Class 4 Sham Chung Handicap (1200m).
“He did a good job, he had a heavy weight (133lb) and the gate (9) wasn’t kind again but he was able to get in a good spot,” the champion jockey said. “The way the race was run through the mid-section was a little bit kinder this time and I was able to sit and wait and cuddle him to the corner.”
The Reliable Man gelding flashed his tail when Purton communicated a desire for better focus close home and the rider confirmed that the youngster was babyish in the run.
“He still wants to do a little bit wrong,” he said.
Reliable Team was purchased by Upper Bloodstock for $430,000 out of Phoenix Park's 2017 Ready To Run draft. -HKJC