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Don Henley sings a song called “Don’t Back Down” which reminds me of Zac Purton and how, despite the odds against him and facing a foe that’s like Godzilla in heat and hell bent at quashing his opponents with bling, blang, boom boom and psychological warfare any government would bottle and keep, The Zac Attack will not back down.
Of course, Godzilla in heat is Douglas Whyte and three years ago, when many thought The Fat Lady had sung and left the building with Elvis, giving the Jockey Premiership to Brett Prebble on a silver platter, the Durban Dragon came back breathing fire and brimstone in a relentless effort to keep what he has now owned for twelve consecutive years.
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And if this Herculean effort does not get Douglas Whyte into the Guinness Book Of World Records nothing will and it’s a pisser that no one has tried.
Wait, we have but the reams of paperwork to be filled out gave us whiplash.
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As for Zac The Mac, well, we all saw his talent as an apprentice in Sydney and as a senior rider though word was he preferred riding the wild surf with Damien Oliver than riding horses. It’s something he finds ridiculous as he has never been a surfie dude.
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Today, the jockey has settled into Hong Kong life and marriage, he has won big races at Ascot and Japan and is right up there with the best jockeys in the world and needs the opportunities to keep the momentum going.
Many in this game have very short memories and you’re only as good as your last winner.
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In Hong Kong, Purton has done the unusual by actually having the heavily-biased local racing media support a true blue Aussie jockey and is also the most consistently popular rider with local punters.
Ask them why, and the answer is the same: He tries his best on everything. All those second and third placings bear this out.
At Shatin yesterday, he rode a double, but it still wasn’t as good as Dougie Whyte’s magnificent treble which were not sit and steer jobs. His ride of Sea Dragon was brilliant.
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As for the Zac Attack, his ride on the Danny Shum-trained Mr Gnocchi was a gem and though breeder-owner Gene Tsoi owes credit for the purchase, let’s not fob off the winning ride. Purton made it look easy but that takes skill.
So, with the Trainers Premiership looking as if it will go down to the wire though the odds favor John Size, Zac Purton is still in there for the fight doing the best he can with what he has and we would certainly not count him out.
At least, not count him out of backing down and being knocked out before The Hunchback Of Notre Dame starts ringing dem bells. And bells can often be muted.
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This is one helluva good ding dong battle between two extremely talented and competitive riders, it’s great for Hong Kong racing and when it’s all said and done, there will be no losers.