Explosive Witness ensured Caspar Fownes’ moniker as the ‘King of the Valley’ rang true at Happy Valley tonight (Wednesday, 25 November) as the handler brought up a significant milestone with his 500th win at the city circuit in the Class 2 Chai Wan Kok Handicap (1000m).
Fownes has the most wins at the Valley of any active trainer on the roster, his heroics at the course include six wins in a day, and this term, he has 17 wins under the Happy Valley lights – the most of any handler this term.
“I love this track – it’s been really good to me, I’m pretty good at placing my horses here and you need a lot of luck when you come here as well,” Fownes said.
Fownes was first licensed for the 2003/04 season and he landed the first of three champion trainer titles not long after in the 2006/07 season, and among 916 Hong Kong wins in total, he’s forged a brilliant career presenting heroes of the turf like Lucky Nine, The Duke, Super Satin, Green Birdie and Southern Legend.
“This is what the game is about, whether it’s Class 5 or Group 1 – I just love it, I’m passionate, I always give it everything,” Fownes said.
The championship leading trainer takes his seasonal tally to 28 wins as he puts the foot down in his bid for a fourth title with a midweek double.
“I said to my boys at the start of the season that I’m going for it this year, I think we’ve got the horses spread across the classes and I’m just going to put the foot down and see what happens – if I win, I win and if I don’t at least I gave it my best shot,” Fownes said.
A late rally from Explosive Witness sealed Fownes’ double, the galloper, making it three wins in succession following an injury-plagued first three years in Hong Kong.