Southern Legend’s (133lb) legacy as one of Hong Kong’s most dependable performers in recent times was enhanced this afternoon (Sunday, 20 June) at Sha Tin with victory in the G3 Premier Plate Handicap (1800m) for jockey Zac Purton and trainer Caspar Fownes.
After shedding his maiden tag over five years ago in Australia, the bay’s storied career has encompassed two successful Singapore raids, a sixth-place finish to Almond Eye in the 2019 G1 Dubai Turf (1800m) as well as his head-bobbing triumph over Beauty Generation in last year’s G1 FWD Champions Mile (1600m).
And, having pushed Golden Sixty to within a head in January’s G1 Stewards’ Cup (1600m), the evergreen eight-year-old – who has placed four times at the top-level this season – got his reward for consistency with a half-length triumph in today’s HK$3.5 million contest over Reliable Team (113lb) and Fast Most Furious (113lb), respectively.
“You’d like a few more like him in your stable – he’s just a brute, he’s got so much heart and he deserved that victory. He’s been so consistent all his career and then in the last 10 runs he’s been in the money each time, so he deserved that win,” Fownes said.
On a day when his trainer flourished with a clean-sweep of both G3s and five wins in all thanks to Joy Master, Lucky Quality, Sky Field and Killer Bee – Southern Legend defied a hefty impost and a rising age to give Fownes his third consecutive Premier Plate win and fourth overall after Thumbs Up (2012), Rise High (2019) and Dances With Dragon (2020).
This afternoon’s triumph was Purton’s third aboard the Not A Single Doubt gelding, having guided him to consecutive SIN G1 Kranji Mile triumphs (2018 & 2019) at Kranji Racecourse in Singapore.