After starring with five wins from 12 runners and a clean sweep of both G3s on Sunday afternoon (20 June) at Sha Tin, trainer Caspar Fownes is looking to land another blow in the championship tussle as he readies a team of nine for Happy Valley’s midweek fixture on Wednesday night (23 June).
Six wins clear of the previous best personal he saddled through the 2008/09 season when crowned champion trainer, Fownes leads this year’s title race by seven wins over 11-time champion John Size with just seven race meetings left to go; the score stands at 74-67.
Included in Fownes’ heavy arsenal of declarations is Green Luck (128lb) and The Rock (130lb), who both line up in the feature race, the HK$2.2 million Class 2 Bowen Handicap (1650m).
Setting off from gate three, The Rock is aiming to follow up his impressive all-the-way success with another after he boldly overcame gate 14 to score by a comfortable two lengths earlier this month at Sha Tin under jockey Chad Schofield.
“There didn’t look to be a lot of speed on paper and with a long run to the first turn we thought we could overcome the draw by gradually coming across.
“We were left alone in front and I was able to dictate nicely and to the horse’s credit he showed a good burst of speed when I did press the button – it was a strong win,” Schofield said.