Caspar Fownes’ red-hot form continued at Happy Valley on Wednesday (23 September), with the three-time champion trainer slamming in a double to extend his early lead at the top of the premiership.
With six wins at the city circuit from three meetings, Fownes is living up to his nickname as the “King of the Valley” and he kicked off his evening’s tally when Jazz Steed and Chad Schofield dead-heated with the Francis Lui-trained Shining On and Vincent Ho in the Class 4 Repulse Bay Handicap (1200m).
“I thought Francis (Lui) had got me right on the line, so I’m very happy with that result,” Fownes said. “Last season we had a similar race that I thought I’d won but lost, this time we dead-heated – no complaints.”
Jazz Steed, a Hong Kong International Sale graduate, took his record to two wins from 10 starts with that win, and, with a current rating of 54, he is just six points shy of a Class 3 berth.
“We’ll see how he is, he’ll probably only get four points because it was a close finish and a dead-heat, so we’ll try to find another race for him in a few weeks,” Fownes said.
After a disappointing 11th first-up, the Exceed And Excel gelding reversed his form tonight with a win, the first of a double too for Schofield who praised Fownes for the galloper’s turnaround in form.