YOU CAN guarantee the local punters went home from Sha Tin on Sunday with a spring in their step and a fistful of dollars in their back pockets.
With five of the ten market leaders obliging, and one second favourite first past the post, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand the reason for their good fortune.
The added bonus for punters was their favourite jockey Zac Purton bouncing back to his best by producing a riding masterclass which included four winners.
The unthinkable had happened at the Valley in midweek, with Purton going home empty-handed for the first time in 147 days, or 26 race meetings.
Purton has his card marked in all eight races this afternoon and, for a jockey who excels on the tight turning track, he will definitely not want a repeat of last Wednesday’s results.
His best chances of success appear to be when he teams up with Danny Shum. The likeable trainer has his stable firing on all cylinders at present, with a handful of winners seeing him share the lead in the trainers’ title race.
Purton has already teamed up with Shum this season with an impressive record of three wins from four rides.
The duo combine three times during the afternoon and all can be given first-rate chances of winning.
Perhaps CHARITY WINGS, who contests the Oi Man Handicap (12.45pm) over the extended mile, and is now 2lbs below his last winning mark, can be best of the trio. He’s unlikely to get a better chance of entering the winners’ enclosure again.
Don’t discount speedy newcomer Smart Of Youth in the 1.45pm, who has Takingufurther to beat, while Dollar Reward should go close in the Shun Lee Handicap (2.15pm).
Charity Wings 12.45pm Happy Valley