Purton Confirmed to Partner Admire Rakti in 2014 Melbourne Cup

August 22nd, 2014

Confirmed for a trip to Australia during the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival a fortnight ago, leading jockey Zac Purton has been confirmed to partner talented Japanese stayer Admire Rakti in the 2014 Melbourne Cup (3200m) on November 4th.

A standout performer in his native Japan over recent seasons, Admire Rakti has not been seen at the races since finishing a disappointing 13th in the Group 1 Tenno Sho (3218m) in Kyoto on May 4th, however did finish a close second behind renowned stayer Gold Ship in the Group 2 Hanshin Daishoten Stakes (2614m) in his most recent start prior.

Yet to partner the Heart’s Cry entire competitively, Purton told Sky Racing HQ he is thrilled to have picked up the ride on the classy distance runner for the 2014 Race That Stops a Nation, outlining another Japanese runner as who he believes poses the biggest threat.

“Obviously while I was over in Japan I did pretty well and they were impressed with the way I rode, so I was able to pick up one of their horses Admire Rakti,” Purton said.

“He ran fourth in the Japan Cup last year behind Gentildonna and it was a pretty good effort and after that he ran in the Tenno Sho and was probably a little bit flat over 3200, but he has form at the trip previously and if he gets there safe and sound I have no doubt that he will be one of the hardest horses to beat.

“The horse that won the other Bande seemed to be impressive over 2400 and he won by four or five lengths.

“My horse has got form around him and if they got turn up it could be a race between two again.

“Hopefully my guy has got his nose in front.”

Securing one race win and four minor places from just 11 competitive race starts so far, Admire Rakti performed well over the 2013 spring, finishing fourth in the Group 2 Kyoto Daishoten (2413m) first-up and finishing second in the Group 2 Copa Republica Argentina (2514m) most notably on November 3rd.

Displaying exceptional form of his own over recent seasons, Purton sewed up a maiden victory in the Hong Kong Jockeys Premiership race, while sporadically returning to Australia for top level success; arguably highlighted by an impressive victory aboard Sacred Falls in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on April 12th.

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