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Momentum slows sharply for Ng 

There has been a dramatic change at the top of our trainer ratings, with sophomore handler Pierre Ng's furious early season momentum coming to a mid-season halt and his former boss, John Size, hitting the front.

At one point, Ng was winning races at up to 20% strike rate but his last 100 starters have yielded just 8 victories and that sharp drop has seen John Size go top of our ratings, with Francis Lui and Ricky Yiu also slipping past Ng.

That won't worry him too much - Ng still has a 15-win cushion on the trainers championship table and must have known that he would come to a lull at some stage but it is a sign that the championship title race isn't all over just yet, with almost half the season to run.

The other notable change has been Mark Newnham's steady rise to the middle of the table in his firrst season.

Champion jockey Zac Purton continues to roll along unchallenged in our jockey ratings but has declared In the press that he wants to pick up the pace in the second half after his double on Chinese New Year Monday took his tally to 65 after 45 of the season's 88 fixtures.

It certainly has not been a memorable season to date for Purton - though his benchmarks are set very high - especially considering one of his major rivals, Hugh Bowman has ridden at only 24 of the 45 meetings, due to injury or his frequent suspensions. Vincent Ho has also missed 17 meetings.

Purton leads Karis Teetan by 65 to 44 in the title race with Bowman another 9 further behind, but Purton has ridden at 42 meetings.

(Note, apprentice jockey ratings reflect performances with their allowance "built in". As their claim reduces and they compete on a more equal footing, we expect their rating to deteriorate unless they are top class riders.)

​These ratings are updated regularly and are designed to reflect current form but with past figures also putting a brake on hot-streak performers or uplifting a long-term quality player having a quiet run.

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