Zac Purton rode a double at Sha Tin on Saturday but said neither would have won had he been riding to the new Australian whip rules.

Zac Purton rode a double at Sha Tin on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart

Purton scored aboard Rouge Et Blanc and Washington Heights by a nose and a neck respectively, each under a strong drive from Purton in the home straight.

Purton told the South China Post he feels encouraged to ride winners in Hong Kong.

“In Australia, I’m doubtful whether either of them would have won under the new rules, I really had to get stuck into both of them and they only just won,” Purton said.

“At least I’m lucky enough to be riding in a place where I’m encouraged to ride winners – it doesn’t seem to be that way back at home currently.”

The only whip rule in Hong Kong is that a horse out of contention is not unduly tested, with Rule 99 (2) making reference to taking “all reasonable and permissible measures … to ensure a horse is given a full opportunity to win or to obtain the best possible placing.”