Caspar Fownes retains the upper hand in the Hong Kong trainers’ championship tussle with John Size after the two title contenders shared a win each on a program peppered with doubles at Happy Valley on Wednesday (23 June) night.
As Fownes and Size maintained the status quo, leaving Fownes with a seven-win lead with six meetings to go, Me Tsui claimed training honours on the night with Sky Treasure and Telecom Fighters to climb into the top eight on the trainers’ table.
Size, the 11-time champion, narrowed the gap to half a dozen when Wild West Wing surged late for Karis Teetan to overhaul Super Commander in the Class 4 Magazine Gap Handicap (1000m), but Fownes countered immediately with Green Luck in the Class 2 Bowen Handicap (1650m).
Fownes, who leads Size 75-68, pointed to Green Luck’s affinity with the 1650m course at the city circuit – where all six of the Australian import’s triumphs have materialised.
“He’s done really well that horse at this track. When the rain came today, he loves that sort of condition so I’m very happy,” Fownes said. “He’s done really well for us, I’m very proud of him and very happy for the owners.
“That’s about him now (for 2020/21) – we can’t get much more improvement, he’s getting older. But he’s been a very good horse for connections and now he’s worked his way into triple figures. It’s a good achievement.”
Joao Moreira, who notched a double to match the feats of Teetan and Vincent Ho, also acknowledged Green Luck’s liking for Happy Valley.
“He just loves it here and he appreciates a little bit of the sting out of the track,” the Brazilian said. “I never felt a doubt about him winning. He gave me the confidence that he would win at the top of the straight.
“He’s a nice horse and I know he’s not getting any younger, but I’m very convinced that he will still win more races.”