Caspar Fownes’ fast start to the 2020/21 season continued as the three-time champion trainer bagged a treble at Happy Valley on Wednesday, 16 September to put him four wins clear at the top of the trainers’ premiership after four meetings.
“I’m going to be a chance (for the championship) that’s for sure, I’ve done it three times before so I feel I’ve got the horses to give me a chance and certainly go out there and give it a big shake,” Fownes said.
The handler has charged out of the blocks with seven wins already, bagging this evening’s three fresh off a Sunday double at Sha Tin which included the win of the up-and-coming four-year-old Sky Field.
“I’m very happy – they’re racing well and we’ve got something to work with,” Fownes said. “We have a nice team spread across the classes so we give ourselves a chance to get a few winners here and there and see how long we can maintain it.
“The plan was put the foot down and have a go and see if we can put pressure on the big boys and make my presence felt.”
Dubbed the ‘King of the Valley’, Fownes’ fruitful night kicked off with Shamport securing the Class 3 Hang Hau Handicap (1200m) under Joao Moreira, who sealed a treble of his own. It was the Brazilian ace’s first three-win haul at Happy Valley since 25 September, 2019, which he also commenced with victory aboard Shamport.
“He’s been racing really well – he deserves that. He’s one of those typical horses who came here and took a season and a bit to adapt to the environment and toughen up, they all go through their little aches and pains but hopefully now he’s sort of over it,” Fownes said.