Caspar Fownes has claimed victory in the gripping battle with John Size for the 2020/21 Hong Kong trainers’ championship after a pulsating final Sha Tin meeting of the season on Sunday (11 July) saw Fownes emerge with an unassailable lead.
With only nine races left at Happy Valley’s season finale on Wednesday night’s (14 July), Fownes leads 79-72 with 11-time trainer Size guaranteed only three certain runners ahead of declarations on Monday (12 July), while Fownes has entries in every race.
The champion trainer in 2006/07, 2008/09 and 2013/14, Fownes was jubilant after Green Envy delivered the stable’s 79th victory of the current term in the first section of the Class 4 All You Wish Handicap (1400m), stretching his lead over Size to nine wins.
“I think it’s all over now because there’s not enough races, what am I nine in front with 14 races to go? I’m pretty safe,” he said.
“I’m pretty happy. We’ve worked hard this year to get this result. Extremely happy for all of the team. We’ve all worked hard and it’s been a great challenge, a great fight – and a lot of fun. It’s exciting.