Fownes hopes luck will be with Crossing

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 May, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 May, 2006, 12:00am

Trainer Caspar Fownes has declared all systems go in his first international assault, with Bowman's Crossing settling in well before the $14.8 million Singapore International Airlines Cup at Kranji on Sunday.

'He's in great nick,' Fownes said yesterday. 'I'll go to Singapore again [tomorrow] to see everything's right but he doesn't need a lot of work down there.'

Bowman's Crossing was third from a wide gate behind Epalo in the 2,000m event two years ago under trainer David Oughton and Fownes is hoping the gelding can finally get the luck that has evaded him in big races.

'It's incredible to think he's only ever won three races. He's won almost $18 million in stakes and placed in a lot of major races but never won one,' Fownes said. 'He's been in great form and we've got a big-race rider in Gerald Mosse and hopefully he draws a [good] barrier.'

Fownes also said a final decision on The Duke's participation in the Yasuda Kinen on June 4 would not be made until after the gelding races at Sha Tin on Sunday week.

The trainer aborted a Brisbane trip after the gelding caught a fungal infection after being clipped out after his last start in February and Fownes will use the 1,200m race as a test for Tokyo.

'The Duke had a nice trial the other day,' Fownes said. 'He'll have another one this Friday and then he'll run at Sha Tin. It's too short for him but if he runs home as I expect then he may go to Tokyo.'Alan Aitken