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Purton claims championship with brace of wins
07 Dec 2017 | 

Zac Purton won the Longines International Jockeys' Championship, with two wins in the four-leg challenge good enough to secure him victory.

Having won the first of the four-leg challenge with Our Hero, Purton struck again in the 1m½f handicap on Let's Take It Easy.

Zac Purton steers Our Hero to victory in the first leg of the Longines International Jockeys' Championship , photo Liesl King

In between Purton's double, Silvestre de Sousa claimed a victory on Peace Combination in the 5f sprint. That, coupled with a second in the first race, was good enough to give De Sousa the runner-up spot.

The winner of the final leg was Pierre-Charles Boudot, who shot clear against the rail on Bank On Red, and held the late thrust of Imperial Gallantry and Flavien Prat.

Ryan Moore's best finish came in the first leg when third on Forever Posh, but he fared better than local hero 'Magic Man' Joao Moreira.

Moreira had started the meeting in flying form, with three winners in the first three races, but failed to make the frame in any of the four races.

Final standings 

Zac Purton 24 points
Silvestre de Sousa 18 points
Pierre-Charles Boudot 16 points
Hugh Bowman 12 points
Flavien Prat 6 points
Leandro Henrique 4 points
Ryan Moore 4 points
Keita Tosaki 4 points


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