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The Runners & Their Teams 2015



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  • [Barrier No: 3]
  • Valiant Hong Kong galloper who claimed the SIA Cup in dominant fashion two years ago. Lost no admirers when third last year and has always made his presence felt in marquee races in Hong Kong since. At his brilliant best in last December’s Group 1 Hong Kong Cup (2000m) when a heartbreaking second to Designs On Rome, but has lost his way at two runs this campaign, including an unplaced run in the Group 1 APQEII Cup on April 26. Getting on a little but loves Kranji and won’t surprise if he bounces back to his best. Prefers good to firm.
Description: 7 B G
Season: 2014
Summary: 8 2 3 1
Career 35 12 6 3
Earnings(SGD): S$8,676,021
  • Military Attack
Race Date Ctry & Track Going Dist Barrier Place Race Category & Name WTR Wt Margin Odds Jockey Win Time Winner / Second
26-Apr-2015 HK,ST (RH) T(G) 2000 2 7/12 Audemars Piguet QEII Cup 115 57 3 48 B Prebble 2:02.89 Blazing Speed
01-Mar-2015 HK,ST (RH) T(G) 2000 4 4/8 Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup 112 57 3 23 Z Purton 2:01.57 Designs On Rome
14-Dec-2014 HK,ST (RH) T(G) 2000 8 2/12 Longines Hong Kong Cup 119 57 NS 27 Z Purton 2:01.96 Designs On Rome
23-Nov-2014 HK,ST (RH) T(G) 2000 4 2/12 Longines Jockey Club Cup 120 58 HD 16 Z Purton 2:01.71 Blazing Speed
26-Oct-2014 HK,ST (RH) T(G) 1600 4 1/14 Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy 123 60.5 NS 72 Z Purton 1:34.37 Gold-Fun
18-May-2014 SIN,KRJ (LH) T(G) 2000 10 3/12 Singapore Airlines International Cup 112 57 3.25 9F J Moreira 1:59.07 Dan Excel
27-Apr-2014 HK,ST (RH) T(G) 2000 4 2/10 Audemars Piguet QEII Cup 122 57 NK 29 J Moreira 2:01.06 Designs On Rome
29-Mar-2014 UAE,MEY (LH) D(G) 2000 8 10/16 Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates Airline 102 57 12.75 20F J Moreira 2:01.61 African Story
Caspar Fownes
Caspar Fownes, 47, assisted his trainer father Lawrie for several seasons before taking over the mantle in 2003/04. He eclipsed his father's best season stats in his rookie year with 44 wins. In 2006/07 he won his first trainer’s premiership and added his second premiership in 2008/09, the same year he saddled the first four past the post when Green Treasure won the Group 3 Sha Tin Trophy in 2009. His third championship came in 2013/14 when his strong late charge brought three wins on the closing day to tie with John Size on 62 wins, and with one more second place than his rival, he sealed the title on countback. Another major feat was his six winners in a single day, on 20 June 2010, equalling the record in Hong Kong's professional racing era. Back home, his most famous victories include The Duke's win in the Group 1 Hong Kong Mile (2006) and Lucky Nine’s wins in the Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint (2011), the HKG1 Chairman's Sprint Prize (2013 & 2014) and the Group 2 Jockey Club Sprint (2012). Since sending Bowman’s Crossing (third) for a tilt at the SIA Cup in 2006, Fownes has been a regular Kranji visitor with the likes of Sanziro, Green Birdie and Thumbs Up, earning the top prize with Green Birdie in the KrisFlyer in 2010 and Lucky Nine in the same race in 2013 and 2014. The well-travelled Lucky Nine (has also been to Japan, Australia and Dubai) will attempt to give Fownes his third successive KrisFlyer in this year’s edition while Military Attack, SIA Cup winner in 2013 for John Moore, will bid for a second success this year, but under his stewardship. Fownes is vying for the championship again this season with 47 wins (as of 4 May), for a Hong Kong career total of 646.
Zac Purton
Zac Purton, 32, is Hong Kong’s current champion jockey, having notched in excess of 500 wins in eight seasons. The Australian was an outstanding apprentice jockey in Brisbane where he won the jockey’s championship in 2003 while still an apprentice. He later moved to Sydney where he again had considerable success grabbing victory aboard Excites in the 2006 Group 1 Inglis Sires Produce Stakes at Randwick. The lure to Hong Kong came in 2007 and Purton has been a steady climber up the jockey ranks with two second place finishes in two seasons before clinching the title in 2013-2014 to snap Douglas Whyte’s amazing 13-year-long reign. Since his first major Hong Kong win in the 2010 HKG1 Stewards’ Cup on Fellowship, Purton has claimed many more big races, namely the 2012 Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Mile on Ambitious Dragon, the 2013 Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Vase on Dominant, the 2013 Group 1 Hong Kong Gold Cup on Military Attack, the 2014 Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint on Aerovelocity and 2015 HKG1 Hong Kong Derby on Luger. Purton also struck paydirt at his regular overseas raids, starting in England with the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes aboard Little Bridge in 2012, followed by the Japan’s World Super Jockeys Series later in the same year, the SIA Cup aboard Military Attack in 2013, and the Grade 1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen on Aerovelocity in March 2015. He also paid successful short visits back home, including the Group 1 Epsom Handicap with Theseo in 2008, the Group 1 Doncaster Mile and George Main Stakes, both aboard Sacred Falls in 2014 and the Group 1 Caulfield Cup on Admire Rakti the same year. He is back at Kranji with his 2013 SIA Cup winner Military Attack as well as Aerovelocity in the KrisFlyer.