Caspar Fownes was not at the barrier draw party at Singapore’s downtown Clarke Quay on Thursday (24 May) night when Southern Legend was handed gate one for the SG1 Kranji Mile, but the trainer has no intention of missing out in Saturday’s (26 May) main event.
Fownes is intent on making the best of the innermost gate in the field of 13, and if that means his charge must take control of the pace, so be it.
“Absolutely, he could lead,” the trainer emphasised. “I’m not worried about that at all, he’s a fit horse. You’d be happy with barrier one almost any time – we’re making our own luck now.”
That was shortly after Fownes, dressed in his usual track work attire of shorts and t-shirt, had observed Southern Legend continue the big-race build-up at Kranji this morning (Friday, 25 May).
The five-year-old has proven to be a versatile galloper this term. Since advertising his merits with charging deep runs earlier in the campaign, the Australian import has more recently shown his adaptability. An all-the-way Class 1 victory two starts back preceded a handy sit-and-sprint to third in the G1 Champions Mile.