Caspar Fownes is optimistic Sky Darci can erase the disappointment of successive luckless runs by strongly contending for BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) glory at Sha Tin on Sunday (21 March).
The winner of three races so far this season, Sky Darci finished sixth in the Hong Kong Classic Mile behind Excellent Proposal before suffering interference when seventh to Healthy Happy in the Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m).
Fownes, who won the Hong Kong Derby with Super Satin in 2010, is hopeful Sky Darci will finally enjoy a change of luck for Joao Moreira, who is bidding for his second Derby victory after triumphing on Rapper Dragon in 2017.
“Sky Darci’s had a good preparation leading into the big race. I’m very happy with him – he’s where I want him,” Fownes aid.
“Obviously, there’s going to be a slight query over the trip, that’s for sure, but he’s got the rating which will certainly take him a long way.
“He’s had a good ‘prep’ for this race, so he’s going to get his chance. If he runs the distance out well – he was held up the other day over 1800m and wasn’t full tested and he got beaten a couple of lengths.
“So, with the extra furlong, if it works out good, he could run a nice race for us.”