Luger fends off Got Fly in HK Derby

LUGER (above) triumphed in the Hong Kong Group 1 BMW Hong Kong Derby over 2,000m at Sha Tin yesterday, as jockey Zac Purton and trainer John Size formed a rare collaboration.

The current champion jockey had not ridden for the seven-time champion trainer since July 11, 2012, but when Luger's regular partner Douglas Whyte opted to ride Giant Treasure, Purton was the man Size turned to.

And it was Purton, in the colours of Terry Fok Kwong Hang, who was punching the air in victory after the bay gave jockey and owner a first success in the HK$18 million ($3.2 million) contest from Got Fly.