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The Runners & Their Teams 2015



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  • [Barrier No: 3]
  • Hong Kong’s new sprint kingpin. Badly poleaxed in the lead-up to the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint (1200m), the Group 2 Jockey Club Sprint (1200m) in November to run last, he duly made amends with a sparkling all-the-way win in the Sprint itself. Went to Japan to contest the Grade 1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen (1200m) on March 29 and again reigned supreme, going left-handed as well. Not raced since, but has trialled in impeccable order at Sha Tin. Prefers to be on top of the ground. Can be a hard horse to ride, but jockey Zac Purton knows his every quirk. Will be the horse to beat.

Description: 6 B G
Sire: PINS (AUS)
Season: 2014
Summary: 7 5 1 0
Career 17 9 4 1
Earnings(SGD): S$4,495,856
  • Aerovelocity
Race Date Ctry & Track Going Dist Barrier Place Race Category & Name WTR Wt Margin Odds Jockey Win Time Winner / Second
29-Mar-2015 JPN,CYO (LH) T(G) 1200 4 1/18 Takamatsunomiya Kinen 118 57 0.5 32 Z Purton 1:08.50 Hakusan Moon
15-Feb-2015 HK,ST (RH) T(G) 1200 5 2/12 Chairman's Sprint Prize 118 57 NS 11F Z Purton 1:08.79 Gold-Fun
14-Dec-2014 HK,ST (RH) T(G) 1200 7 1/14 Longines Hong Kong Sprint 118 57 NK 27 Z Purton 1:08.57 Peniaphobia
23-Nov-2014 HK,ST (RH) T(G) 1200 1 14/14 Bochk Wealth Management Jockey Club Sprint 100 56 6.5 13F Z Purton 1:08.08 Peniaphobia
26-Oct-2014 HK,ST (RH) T(G) 1200 9 1/11 Premier Bowl Hcp 112 55.5 NS 20F Z Purton 1:08.70 Okie Dokie
08-Jun-2014 HK,ST (RH) T(G) 1400 2 2/10 Prince Jewellery & Watch Premier Cup 108 60.5 0.75 19F Z Purton 1:21.01 Helene Spirit
25-May-2014 HK,ST (RH) T(G) 1200 10 1/14 Sha Tin Vase 105 53.5 NS 25 Z Purton 1:09.10 Divine Ten
23-Feb-2014 HK,ST (RH) T(G) 1200 5 1/10 Citibank Personal Loan Services Hcp 104 59 0.75 15F Z Purton 1:09.29 Excellent Reward
Paul O'Sullivan
Paul O'Sullivan, 55, was champion trainer in New Zealand on 11 occasions, acting in partnership with his father Dave for 17 years. He won the Group 1 Japan Cup in 1989 with Horlicks and added scores of other majors on both sides of the Tasman Sea, including the Group 1 Cox Plate with Surfers Paradise in 1991. He arrived in Hong Kong to train in 2004 and his most memorable win came in the 2007 HKG1 Hong Kong Derby with Vital King. Fellowship took the HKG1 Stewards' Cup in 2010 and Aashiq was a standard-bearer in the 2011/12 season, winning a pair of HKG3 races. In the 2013/14 season, Aerovelocity was the star, notching five straight wins including the HKG3 Sha Tin Vase. The six-year-old gelding has added three more victories at Group level this term, including the HKG2 Premier Bowl, Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint and Grade 1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen in Japan, and will now be O’Sullivan’s first Singapore runner when he lines up in the KrisFlyer this year.

Photo source: Hong Kong Jockey Club
Zac Purton
Zac Purton, 32, is Hong Kong’s current champion jockey, having notched in excess of 500 wins in eight seasons. The Australian was an outstanding apprentice jockey in Brisbane where he won the jockey’s championship in 2003 while still an apprentice. He later moved to Sydney where he again had considerable success grabbing victory aboard Excites in the 2006 Group 1 Inglis Sires Produce Stakes at Randwick. The lure to Hong Kong came in 2007 and Purton has been a steady climber up the jockey ranks with two second place finishes in two seasons before clinching the title in 2013-2014 to snap Douglas Whyte’s amazing 13-year-long reign. Since his first major Hong Kong win in the 2010 HKG1 Stewards’ Cup on Fellowship, Purton has claimed many more big races, namely the 2012 Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Mile on Ambitious Dragon, the 2013 Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Vase on Dominant, the 2013 Group 1 Hong Kong Gold Cup on Military Attack, the 2014 Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint on Aerovelocity and 2015 HKG1 Hong Kong Derby on Luger. Purton also struck paydirt at his regular overseas raids, starting in England with the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes aboard Little Bridge in 2012, followed by the Japan’s World Super Jockeys Series later in the same year, the SIA Cup aboard Military Attack in 2013, and the Grade 1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen on Aerovelocity in March 2015. He also paid successful short visits back home, including the Group 1 Epsom Handicap with Theseo in 2008, the Group 1 Doncaster Mile and George Main Stakes, both aboard Sacred Falls in 2014 and the Group 1 Caulfield Cup on Admire Rakti the same year. He is back at Kranji with his 2013 SIA Cup winner Military Attack as well as Aerovelocity in the KrisFlyer.