Caspar Fownes has achieved plenty during his 15-year career – three Hong Kong premierships, multiple Group 1 wins, Derby success, international glory – but the trainer admitted there was something particularly special about a humble Class 4 event that brought up his 800th Hong Kong winner at Happy Valley tonight (Wednesday, 26 September).
E Master dashed home from the clouds under jockey Sam Clipperton to claim the first section of the Class 4 Nam Fung Handicap (1200m), providing Fownes with his 800th triumph. The handler’s cries and cheers could be heard right across the city circuit as Fownes celebrated the win with son Ryan.
“It’s wonderful, it’s difficult to get so many winners in Hong Kong with the handicap system we have here,” a beaming Fownes said. “It can be tough managing stable size and strength, so to have that number as a reflection of success is fantastic. I’m not done yet, though; I’m still looking ahead to 1000 and beyond. I’m still chasing John Size a bit!”