Three days after successfully unveiling Hong Kong debut winner Enrich Delight at Sha Tin, Caspar Fownes will attempt a similarly triumphant feat with another former Australian Propice, who runs first-up in the Class 3 Fleming Handicap (1000m) on Wednesday (2 December) at Happy Valley.
Trained in Australia by Greg Eurell, Propice raced as Ilovemyself in a two-start career pre-import, winning the Listed Festival Handicap (1000m) at Flemington Racecourse before failing (sixth of eight) on slow going in the G3 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Racecourse in March, 2020.
After landing in Hong Kong on 24 August, 2020, Propice has trialed twice in his new surroundings, closing strongly to finish second to The Abraxas over 800 metres at Sha Tin on 27 October.
He tuned up for Wednesday’s contest with an eye-catching second behind subsequent debut winner Harmony N Blessed over 1000m at Happy Valley on 13 November.
“I was happy with his trial, he was back and covered ground, stayed on nice,” Fownes said.
“Again, it’s so tough with these horses. They come in on a rating of 77 after two (Australian) starts, they’re coming into the toughest jurisdiction in the world to compete at.
“I think he’s got what it takes. Hopefully, we’ll get to 100 but, again, it’s tough.”