Zac?s back for Coffs meet
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
GUN jockey and former Coffs Harbour apprentice Zac Purton will be making a rare appearance on his home track when the Coffs Harbour Racing Club hosts a TAB meeting this afternoon.
It's a rarity that Purton gets to return home and show just how good a 'hoop' he's become since moving to the big smoke and even he admits that it's been too long since he last rode here.
"I'd say it's been over 12 months," Purton said.
"I wasn't able to get up there for the Coffs Cup because I was suspended at the time but there's a couple of nice horses on the card and it will be nice to get up there."
Purton should have four or five rides booked for the afternoon's card but his race rides will come at the end of a very busy day.
"In the morning I've still got to ride trackwork and a couple of trials at Warwick Farm and then after that catch a plane up," Purton said.
"Hopefully I can get there by about the second race."
The surprise appearance came as much from good fortune and Purton's longing to see Coffs Harbour even if only for a brief moment.
"I just haven't been up that way for a while and I'm not going to Melbourne this weekend," the 2003 Coffs Harbour Cup winning jockey said.
Aside from the appearance of Purton, there's another great reason for punters to get trackside today.
On top of the fun that the annual Blueberry Farms Race Day brings each year, today's racing also sees the Coffs Harbour Racing Club making a huge bid to support a very worthwhile cause.
Today is also National Bandanna Day and the club will be setting up a fundraising area to support CanTeen and young people living with cancer.