Double a Beauty for Purton

Zac Purton scored his second Group One winner of the day as he steered Beauty Only to victory in the Longines Hong Kong Mile.

Zac Purton riding Beauty Only wins the Longines Hong Kong Mile

All eyes were on 2014 race winner Able Friend who was trying to defy his unfavourable draw in stall 14, but it was Beauty Flame who cut out the early pace.

There were plenty of horses poised to challenge at the top of the straight, although Able Friend was pushed out wide on the final turn and could not really make his presence felt from there.

Meanwhile, Purton seized the initiative inside the final furlong on Beauty Only and he found most for pressure to see off Helene Paragon with Joyful Trinity back in third.

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Winning trainer Tony Cruz said: "We will stick to local races at a mile and keep running him on a firm track which suits him.

"His breeding is all European, he is very easy to handle, and when we got him, the people assured me he would not stay 2,000 metres, which has proved to be correct."

Purton added: "I've worked out the way to ride him and he's a horse that can always give you a big sectional.

"I was a bit forced off the fence at the 700-metre pole but when when he got back on an even keel, he showed what a big set of lungs he has.

"He's only a five-year-old and I don't think we have seen the best of him yet."

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