Hong Kong representative Zac Purton was in the eighth position after the first two legs of the 2014 World Super Jockeys Series held at Tokyo Racecourse in Japan today.
Purton enjoyed a nice start in this JRA jockeys series as he finished third in the first leg, the 2014 Excellent Jockeys Trophy (1600m, turf), aboard three-year-old filly Sundarbans. He later rode seven-year-old horse Hungry Jack for a tenth place in the second leg, the 2014 Fantastic Jockeys Trophy (1400m, turf). The results earned him 15 points, currently at eighth among 16 riders in the standing.
The remaining two legs of the series will also be run at Tokyo Racecourse tomorrow (30 November). Purton will partner the three-year-old colt Salire Mondo from barrier 3 in the third leg of the series, the 2014 Marvelous Jockeys Trophy (1600m, dirt). His ride in the last leg, the 2014 Prominent Jockeys Trophy (2000m turf), is the six-year-old horse Smart Liberty, who is drawn to start from gate 2.
Japanese jockey Suguru Hamanaka, currently leads the series with 25 points after the contests in Day 1.
Yuichi Fukunaga, who together with Purton will be participating in the LONGINES International Jockeys' Championship at Happy Valley on 10 December, currently ranks second in the series with 24 points. For other IJC-bound jockeys, Pat Smullen and James McDonald now in joint fifth, followed by Christophe Soumillon in ninth, Richard Hughes in tenth and Ryan Moore in eleventh place.
All participating jockeys pose for cameras at the opening ceremony of 2014 World Super Jockeys Series.
Sundarbans, with Zac Purton in the saddle, finishes third in the 2014 Excellent Jockeys Trophy.