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AT SHA TIN: Military Attack (Zac Purton) wins first up this season over 1600m.

On the way to Hong Kong

words by STEPHEN HOWELL

Luring pacesetting jockeys Zac Purton, Joao Moreira and Douglas Whyte to Melbourne for big-race rides this spring has put some reflected Victorian carnival spotlight on Hong Kong.

For the riders, successful travel to Australia is a bonus on top of their lucrative Hong Kong success — to their pockets, or their reputations, or both.

However, Hong Kong ended up with no equine rep when Cox Plate fancy Dan Excel missed prep races in Melbourne and his campaign was aborted.

October 31, 2014



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