Caspar Fownes and leading homegrown rider Vincent Ho made it double together and the handler was full of praise for his former apprentice, who moved within two wins of a first half century.
“It’s wonderful, I’m so proud of him he’s had a great season, he’s one of the hardest working jockeys, he really has a go, he tries to spend the summers away from Hong Kong learning and improving his skills which is great and it’s proven this year, he’s done a great job,” said Fownes.
The pair’s double commenced with Jumbo Prize, who returned his first Hong Kong win, taking the Class 4 Dorset Handicap (1200m) and was completed with Fearless Fire (126lb) in the Class 3 Norfolk Handicap (1200m).
“I was just surprised he (Fearless Fire) got that far out of his ground, he couldn’t take advantage of the draw (4) but it didn’t matter, he got the job done, great for Vincent (Ho), great for the owners, it’s been a nice night,” said Fownes.
Joao Moreira claimed the Class 5 Cornwall Handicap (1650m) with the Manfred Man-trained Little Fantasy.