Buoyed by the FWD Champion’s Day heroics of Romantic Warrior and California Spangle, Caspar Fownes believes Senor Toba’s BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) performance bodes strongly for a winning display in the G3 Queen Mother Memorial Cup Handicap (2400m) at Sha Tin on Sunday (1 May).
Pointing to Romantic Warrior’s outstanding G1 FWD QEII Cup (2000m) victory and California Spangle’s brave second to Golden Sixty in the G1 FWD Champions Mile (1600m), Fownes says the pair’s effort at elite level against older horses after finishing first and second in last month’s BMW Hong Kong Derby is a compelling form line.
“I think we’re going to go back and look at this season’s Hong Kong Derby as being one of the best Derbies in the last 20 years,” said four-time champion trainer Fownes, who also lauded Derby third-placegetter Money Catcher.
“The first three horses in the Derby are outstanding and the first two have come out after the Four-Year-Old Classic series and gone against older horses in Group 1s and run really well.
“One (California Spangle) has run second to the best horse in the world in Golden Sixty and the other one (Romantic Warrior) has come out and just hammered the others over 2000 metres, so it’s a great form line out of the Derby.”