Hong Kong

From taunts to team-mates as Zac and Dougie breakthrough

When Zac Purton was chasing Douglas Whyte towards the end of the jockeys 13-season season run as champion, the brash Aussie would take great delight in trash-talking his South African rival.

Those bitter battles – with the finger-pointing and taunts – will live long in the memories of Hong Kong fans, but Purton and Whyte have now teamed up as jockey and trainer.

It took until Whyte’s second season, but Purton had his first win for his former nemesis when Temple Of Heaven captured the Class 3 Mui Wo Handicap (1,400m) at Sha Tin.

“I’m in a different role now and he’s taken over where I left off, he deserves to be winning races and his performances are showing that as he’s riding very well,” Whyte said.

The Northern Hemisphere three-year-old scored at his third start thanks to a strong finishing ride from the Australian ace to win by a short-head.

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