10th November 2018

The Sha Tin all-weather turned out to be the correct choice for Price Bloodstock product Right Choice to make an impressive winning debut on Saturday but top jockey Zac Purton isn’t too sure whether the four-year-old’s future will be on that surface.

Not many young horses in Hong Kong make their first appearance on the dirt but, being a son of Mastercraftsman, Right Choice didn’t surprise anyone by handling the surface or by having enough talent to win with no experience – his trials had indicated that.

But Purton said it was the first time that the gelding had experienced kickback on the surface and wasn’t too happy about the situation in the 1200m sprint, as the trip was on the short side for him and he only really got going once Purton could get him out of the flying dirt.

“He’s going to be a miler and he just couldn’t get into his rhythm mid-race. It’s the first time he’s been on the dirt and in behind horses, where the dirt is hitting him in the face, and he didn’t respond well,” Purton said. “He kept trying to jump and climb in his action and never felt like he was going to be a contender in the race until he got into the straight and got to the outside. Then he picked up and hit the line really well. He showed that he’s a progressive type and I’m sure as he gets up over more ground he’s going to be more comfortable.”

Right Choice won’t have any trouble switching to turf as his trials on that surface were excellent and he carried on a proud connection between Price Bloodstock and the ownership group, the Right Track Syndicate.

The Right Track Syndicate has previously sourced multiple winners from Price Bloodstock including Right Call, a six-time winner who landed Price Bloodstock’s 500th win in Hong Kong in March last year.