Australian Jockey Dives Into Spotify-Wrapped Trend Days Before the Horse Racing Spectacle Unfurls in Hong Kong

Published 12/08/2023, 12:00 PM EST

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A horse racing showstopper is set to commence on December 10, 2023, in Hong Kong. The crème de la crème of horses and riders will go head-to-head at the Longines Hong Kong International Races (HKIR). The Sha Tin Racecourse, aka Happy Valley Racecourse, will witness four exhilarating G1 races as part of the “World Turf Championships.”

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International glory and prize money worth a whopping HK$118 million, or $23.8 million, will also be given to the winners. And now, days before the highly anticipated spectacle, the famed Australian jockey hops on the trending Spotify Wrapped bandwagon.

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World Horse Racing took to X to share an exciting update with Australian jockey Zac Purton. In the video, Purton showed off his Spotify Wrapped of 2023. The video began with him bragging, “I’m in the top 9% of the users in the world,” with a bright smile on his face. He even proudly shared his listening minutes, which were a whopping 34,958 minutes. Then, taking fans on his musical journey, he revealed his top playlists, which were “23’ Summer Dance,” “23’ Hot Beats,” and “Only the Best,” which he put together.

Zac Purton also shared his preferred tunes while racing, saying “something with a beat” and that he would prefer a “Power Workout” playlist. Later, humorously, Purton even divulged his “Embarrassing” top 5 songs of the year, which were I’m Good (Blue) Song by Bebe Rexha and David Guetta, Words (feat. Zara Larsson), Where Did You Go? (feat. MNEK), Where Are You Now by Lost Frequencies and 10:35 by Tiësto ft. Tate McRae. This update by Zac Purton comes after he made bold claims regarding the upcoming races at Sha Tin Racecourse.

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Zac Purton gives a bold update for Hong Kong

Lucky Sweynesse, also regarded as the world’s best sprinter in horse racing, will be running with Zac Purton at HKIR. Although Sweynesse hasn’t performed as well in two races this season, Purton, who won the races aboard Aerovelocity in 2014 and 2016, believes there are good chances for the duo to perform exceedingly well at Sha Tin. Despite being beaten during his preparation at Sha Tin, the Aussie shared that in his first race; the track was wet, and Lucky Sweynesse doesn’t like wet tracks.

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Purton also mentioned that Sweynesse had already started adjusting to the track with an incredible gallop on Monday and Thursday. “His coat has really turned, he’s glowing, he’s starting to get those same mannerisms back that he had last season when he was reeling off all those wins,” shared Purton ahead of the race scheduled for Sunday.

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Can Lucky Sweynesse prove his mettle at the Longines Hong Kong International Races?

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