Cup on the cards for Southern Legend

Caspar Fownes
Caspar Fownes (right) celebrates another Singapore success.

With Beauty Generation dominating the mile ranks at home, Caspar Fownes is likely to build Southern Legend towards the 10-furlong Group 1 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup through the first part of next season.

“Now it’s a case of going back to Hong Kong and we’ll look forward to next season. He’s versatile, he’s won from 1200 metres and he ran a bottler in the Gold Cup at 2000 metres so when he’s on his game he’s going to run a cracking race,” the handler said.

“We’ve got Beauty Generation to contend with at a mile so it just makes it really hard but we’ll keep trying – racing’s a funny game and a lot of things can change in a short period of time. At this stage we’d look at 2000 metres in December but we’ll look at what Exultant does and at what Rise High does.

“Rise High is a very good horse, especially when he gets to 2000 metres. He’s going to be a serious horse with the right preparation leading into 2000 metres. He’s a good horse,” he added.

Rise High and Exultant will contest the Group 1 Standard Chartered Champions and Chater Cup (2400m) today (Sunday, 26 May).