Fownes takes half the map, Latest racing news
In a phenomenal winning display of strength in the last two Group races of the season from Hong Kong, Caspar Fownes took the lead in the battle with John Size for the 2020/21 Coaches Championship with a quintet at Sha Tin the Sunday.
Bidding for a fourth title, Fownes leads the 11-time champion Size 74-67, with seven games remaining in the current tenure after his massive 12-horsepower chain dominated with five wins and two seconds in 10 races.
Champion in 2006/07, 2008/09 and 2013/14, Fownes entered the 81st meeting of the season with a buffer of two wins over Size. By the end of the day, he had increased his stock dramatically with wins from Joy Master, Lucky Quality, Southern Legend, Sky Field and Killer Bee to tie his previous best result at Sha Tin.
Symbolically, his show of strength crossed the age gap – from the triumph of veteran Southern Legend’s Group 3 Premier Plate Handicap to Sky Field’s victory over teammate and Hong Kong Derby winner Sky Darci in the Group 3 Premier Cup. Disability with the continued emergence of Killer Bee.
“We needed to do something good, something big that would make a statement and we did it today,” Fownes said. “Now it’s luck, we’re here and we have the momentum. I have a lot more winners coming up so I’m happy, I feel great. It’s been a great day.”
Sky Field’s husky finish validated Fownes’ faith in the Deep Field gelding, leaving the coach to chart a possible course to the Longines Hong Kong International Races in December.
“I told you how good he is. The best is yet to come with him, so that’s wonderful,” Fownes said.
On Southern Legend, he said: “You would want a little more like him in your team. He’s just a bully, he has so much heart and he deserved this win. He’s been so consistent his entire career and, then in the last 10 points he’s been in the money every time, so he deserved that win. ” – HKJC