O’Sullivan-Scott wish for Purton G1 boost | RACING.COM
March 10, 2017 - tonton
The Group 1 hopes of Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott on Saturday have been increased by a accessibility of an internationally-successful jockey.
The Matamata trainers will have a advantage of a roving services of a Hong Kong-based Australian Zac Purton to beam dual of their underline competition hopes during Ellerslie.
Purton has been postulated a recover by a Hong Kong Jockey Club to partner a sparkling youngster Summer Passage in a G1 Sistema Stakes and stablemate Gentil Tonton in a G1 Auckland Cup.
“On a day like Saturday we are looking for each corner we can and hopefully Zac can assistance yield that,” Scott said.
Summer Passage binds nominations for arriving G1 two-year-old races in Sydney, that will have helped remonstrate Purton to find a recover to float during Ellerslie.
But Scott’s concentration is on Saturday and he’s anticipating a Snitzel colt can replicate his last-start win in a Listed Reid Harrison Slipper during Matamata.
“He’s unequivocally appreciative us with his progression. He had a lot of vigour on him during Matamata, though he responded and burst on strongly,” he said.
“He rubbed a early high speed and kicked on unequivocally well. It was unequivocally encouraging. He’s softened with a run underneath his belt, though he’s going to need each bit of that alleviation in this association on Saturday.
“He’s got divided with soothing belligerent in his lane gallops though we all know competition day can be a opposite beast.”
Stablemate and competition opposition Princess Rihanna won her lass on a rain-affected lane before fourth placings in a G3 Eclipse Stakes, a Karaka Million during Ellerslie and a G2 Matamata Breeders’ Stakes.
“She’s skilful on soppy ground. Like Summer Passage, she’s on a two-week fill-in so her aptness levels are high, that they substantially need to be deliberation expected lane conditions this weekend,” Scott said.
“She’s been racing good in good fields and a identical opening will see her rival for sure.”
While Purton will also float Cup wish Gentil Tonton, it will be Michael Coleman’s shortcoming to beam a fortunes of Sound Proposition in a G1 Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes.
Scott is also upbeat about a chances of Gentil Tonton.
“This sleet is usually going to assist his chances. He’s fit and a stretch won’t be a problem,” he said.
On Sound Proposition, who ran second to Rising Shot during Cambridge final month, Scott said: “He had a heart fibrillation final start and his run a start before was good. He hasn’t raced given Boxing Day, though he trialled good and he’s fit.
“He’s an impossibly clean-winded horse, a genuine athlete, and we trust he’ll hoop a soppy ground.”