Hong Kong-based hoop Zac Purton has experienced notable success on a hit-and-run basis in Australia over recent seasons and is confident of another win at the highest level aboard Japanese raider To The World in Saturday’s Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick.
Purton was initially booked to ride Sacred Falls in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes should trainer Chris Waller have deemed it a realistic prospect, however picked up the ride on To The World after trainer Ikee sensationally sacked Nick Hall early this week.
Thrilled to have been offered the ride on the King Kamehameha entire for the Autumn Carnival’s richest race, Purton told Racing Victoria he believes To The World is a huge chance of success and believes he will have no issue performing in what is a step-back in distance from a second place finish in the Group 1 The BMW over a mile and a half last start.
“To The World is one of the best horses that they have sent over, we know what his form was in Japan and his run at Rosehill the other day was very good,” said Purton.
“He was first-up there after quite a while off and, obviously, he got a bit tired on the line but I thought that he acquitted himself quite well.
“I hope that To The World is a little bit fresh as he will be coming back 400m in distance from the BMW.
“I was a little bit concerned with the way that he came out of the gates, he was a bit sloppy and he will need to be much quicker this weekend.
“If he can put himself into a good position then there is no doubt that he has got the ability.
“I’m not so sure how he will go if the track is wet, I think that he prefers it pretty firm, so that has gotten me a little bit worried.
“But if I can get him out and into a good spot, and the track is ok, then he will be right in the finish.”
Posting four wins and a further five minor place finishes over his eleven career starts to date, To The World placed second in the Group 2 St. Lite Kinen (2200m) upon resuming in September; failing to figure in his next start but booking a trip to Australia when finishing second to Gentildonna in the Group 1 Arima Kinen (2500m); beating home the likes of Gold Ship and the world’s leading racehorse Just A Way.
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