Nearly a year ago, Southern Legend proved that he can still run rings around his younger adversaries – and the best in Hong Kong – as he sensationally denied Beauty Generation a third consecutive G1 FWD Champions Mile at the age of seven.
And now, as he enters the twilight of his career as an eight-year-old, the Not A Single Doubt gelding is in perhaps career-best form and this Sunday (21 February) at Sha Tin he will once again aim to prove that age is no barrier to success as he lines up as the oldest of eight opponents in the G1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m).
“He’s just a happy horse, we just try to keep him as sound as we can – it’s pretty tough over here to keep them sound, especially when they are his age but he just has such a passion for racing,” trainer Caspar Fownes said.
A regular presence in this weekend’s other G1 contest, the Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup (2000m), Fownes has instead opted to step back in distance with the hope that his consistent charge is able to fully capitalise on the absence of Golden Sixty, who instead steps up to 2000m for the Hong Kong Gold Cup.
“That’s the thing (to having no Golden Sixty in the race), we looked at that and said let’s freshen him up and have a crack – we know he is up to the task.
“He’s beaten the best horses on his day in Hong Kong and he got close to the Golden Sixty last month – I’m expecting a big run from him,” Fownes said.