Purton Thrilled With Fame Game Ahead of 2015 Caulfield Cup

October 15th, 2015

Zac Purton has picked up the gun ride on Fame Game in Saturday’s 2015 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and is understandably confident of his chances, but has revealed he is yet to settle on a plan as to how to ride the talented Japanese stayer from the rails draw.

Zac Purton will take the ride on Fame Game in Saturday's 2015 Caulfield Cup. Photo: Daniel Costello

Zac Purton will take the ride on Fame Game in Saturday’s 2015 Caulfield Cup. Photo: Daniel Costello

Fame Game has jetted to Australia for a brief Spring Carnival campaign through the 2015 Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday of November, and stamped himself as a leading contender in taking out the Group 3 Diamond Stakes (3400m) and running second in the Group 1 Tenno Sho (3200m) this year.

Purton partnered fellow Japanese stayer Admire Rakti to success in last year’s edition of the Caulfield Cup, and is confident he can help steer fame game to a similarly impressive result this time around.

“It is just a matter of trying to keep him out of that scrimmage going to that first corner because the last thing that you want is having him get knocked around and come out of it with bumps and bruises,” Purton told Racing Active.

“I will be trying to look after him and hopefully he can give me a nice kick.

“I haven’t spoken to the connections at length yet about how we are going to ride him and I am going to have a meeting with them on Friday evening.

“I will be guided by what they want me to do, whether they want me to stay on the fence and ride for luck or whether they leave it up to me and make sure he has a clear run.”

Fame Game has more than stamped himself as up to the grade through a short but impressive racing career so far; claiming five wins and a further two minors through 16 starts since first appearing on course in 2012.

Fellow Japanese stayer Hokko Brave has been confirmed in the 2015 Caulfield Cup field, and Purton is confident that horse too should produce a great effort.

“Hokko Brave can take a better position in his races, he can lay-up in a box seat or just a shade further back depending on the speed of the race and he is going to be in the right spot for a race like the Caulfield Cup,” Purton said.

“If they don’t go fast and he is in that right spot he is going to be hard to beat himself.”

Fame Game is currently available at 2015 Caulfield Cup odds of $10 for success, while Hokko Brave can be taken at a particularly generous quote of $15.

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