Caspar Fownes is seeking back-to-back wins in the G3 Sa Sa Ladies’ Purse Handicap (1800m) at Sha Tin on Sunday 1 November, when he is set to unleash last year’s winner Southern Legend alongside the rejuvenated Dances With Dragon.
The latter was a revelation last term, bagging four wins from six starts following a mid-season transfer from the Peter Ho stable. That run of form lifted the seven-year-old 30 points in the ratings, to a mark of 113, and the Savabeel gelding has shown his handler in two outings this campaign that he might not be done with his rise just yet.
“It was a really good run last time in the (G2) Sha Tin Trophy,” Fownes said of Dances With Dragon’s running-on fifth to Golden Sixty. “But this is the race I’ve really targeted for him!
“He’s come up a long way in the ratings in a short period of time but he appears to me that he actually might be able to go up to Group 2 and be close to Group 1 level, the way he’s been racing.”
Dances With Dragon will find himself with a burden of only 117lb when he lines up in the weekend feature against Hong Kong’s Horse of the Year Exultant (133lb), with Fownes’ charge seeking to add a second G3 score to his resume following a course and distance success in the Premier Plate Handicap (1800m) back in June, under Sunday’s partner Keith Yeung.