Purton to Partner Sebring Sun in 2015 Golden Rose

August 31st, 2015

Trainer Gary Portelli has been thrilled with the form and results posted by Sebring Sun since his return to competition this time, and has revealed the talented three-year-old will be partnered by Hong Kong-based hoop Zac Purton in the 2015 Golden Rose (1400m).

Zac Purton will partner Sebring Sun in the 2015 Golden Rose. Photo: Daniel Costello

Zac Purton will partner Sebring Sun in the 2015 Golden Rose. Photo: Daniel Costello

Posting two wins and three minors through only seven competitive starts so far, Sebring Sun will contest the 2015 Golden Rose Stakes with three weeks between runs, having boxed on for a credible third in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) at Randwick on August 22nd, having missed the start.

Sebring Sun has been partnered by both Hugh Bowman and Brenton Avdulla through his three competitive starts this time, and Portelli is thrilled to have locked down the services of Purton, who has experienced notable Group 1 success on a hit-and-run basis in Australia through recent seasons.

“Zac has a history of coming to Sydney for successful hit and run missions,” Portelli told Racenet.

“His riding style should suit the racing style of Sebring Sun. The horse is 100 percent and ready to go.”

Trialling well prior to making his competitive debut during the 2014 Spring Carnival, Sebring Sun immediately stamped his claims as one to watch when making up plenty of ground for second in the TAB Betting Season Plate (1000m) at Randwick on October 11th.

Having immediately returned to the paddock, the classy son of Sebring returned this year for a credible third behind Haptic and Counterattack in a Randwick minor over 1000m; trialling again before making a competitive transition to black type racing in placing fifth in the talent-rich Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m) and fifth in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m).

The 2015 Golden Rose final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday September 9th.

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