Zac Purton’s stunning surge to record-equalling status at Hong Kong’s Longines international meeting has come against a grim backdrop — the contrasting plights of Tye ­Angland and Nash Rawiller.

With Angland hospitalised after a race fall two weeks ago at Sha Tin, and Rawiller serving a 15-month corruption ban, it was left to Hong Kong’s premier jockey Purton to lift Australian spirits at the “world turf championships”.

Victory in the Vase (2400m) on Exultant and the Mile (1600m) on Beauty Generation (photo) shunted Purton on to level pegging with eight Group 1 wins at the meeting with French hoop Gerald Mosse.

Trained by expatriate Australian John Moore, Beauty Generation annihilated rivals to underline his ranking as the world’s top miler, with plans now to campaign the superstar abroad.

“He’s a beast. I’m just happy for the horse. There were ­expectations, but I knew he would do that today,” Purton said.

Purton holds a six-win lead in this season’s title race over Karis Teetan as he chases a third premiership in racing’s most competitive jurisdiction.

-From Herald Sun.

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