Purton makes hay while Magic Man's away
One of the glaring aspects of Zac Purton's season had been how he had failed to take advantage of Joao Moreira's absences through suspension.
It's no secret that Moreira is suspended a lot more often than Purton, giving the reigning champion the stage alone - or at least that was the assumption.
But Purton's "uncontested stage" at six meetings this season had been underwhelming to say the least - with 7 wins from 49 rides, 18 of those rides starting favourite and yielding only 3 winners. Those figures, when his arch rival was absent, were well below Purton's figures when Moreira was active against him.
All that changed last week, though, with Purton adding 8 wins from his 18 mounts so his full figures for the season now read 15 from 67 when Moreira is sidelined - slightly better than his usual win rates this term, and more in keeping with what the punter expects. For all those heroics, Moreira keeps a clear lead In our ratings as he returns to action on Wednesday.
John Size, though, keeps increasing his lead in our trainer ratings and there appears to be little movement from his rivals for the championship.
(Note, apprentice jockey ratings reflect performances with allowance "built in". As they lose the claim and compete on a more equal footing, we expect their rating to deteriorate unless they prove to be high class riders.)
These numbers are updated regularly, many will change considerably through the season. They are designed to reflect current form but with past figures also putting a brake on hot-streak performers or lifting up a long-term quality player having a quiet run.