Injury halted the Caspar Fownes-trained Snap Fit’s burgeoning career last season, but this Wednesday (20 January) the handler’s talented six-year-old returns from a 10-month break to contest the first section of the Class 3 Sheung Hei Handicap (1200m) at Happy Valley.
“He had a suspensory problem which flared up again and we just had to give him some time off to get over that,” Fownes said. “I’m happy to say he’s come good now, he’s very comfortable, he’s pain-free and I think he’s ready to go to the races.”
The Nadeem gelding won the first three races of his career, followed by four close-up defeats before a left-front suspensory ligament injury derailed his second campaign and halted his ascent up the handicap at 78, after beginning his career on a rating of 52 as an unraced PPG (Privately Purchased Griffin).
“He’s a nice horse – he’s got a lot of potential, he’s very consistent and honest which is great for Hong Kong,” Fownes said.
The New Zealand-bred returns with one trial under his belt where he crossed the line fifth under his own steam on the grass at Sha Tin over 800m.
“He’s a horse that swims a fair bit – we tick him over, I’m not worried about his fitness he is ready to go to the races but a few of the others in the race have been up all season, so they’re rock hard fit,” Fownes said.