Fownes' new recruit Affluence Of Rain sparkles in trials
Caspar Fownes unveiled two new stable acquisitions at the barrier trial session last Friday, with Affluence Of Rain and Green Zone both moving nicely for the trainer, who also gave his sprint star Green Birdie one last stretch of the legs before the Singapore raid this Sunday.
As Fownes was packing one International winner off, fellow trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai was welcoming another home, and his Dubai victor Dynamic Blitz was out for a comfortable trial win yesterday.
Dynamic Blitz loves the all-weather surface and cruised to a 1 1/2-length win over the John Moore-trained Elegance Desire in his 1,050m heat to stop the watch at 62.35 seconds under wet-slow conditions.
The Moore-trained stablemate Silver Grecian caught the eye late in the trial, moving stylishly into fourth and showing no signs of bother at his recent stress injury to his left-fore cannon, which has kept him off the track since the end of last year. The real winning potential, however, will be unleashed by the Fownes yard in the near future, with Affluence Of Rain dropping his head nicely before trucking to the front to win his 1,200m heat in 71.45 seconds last Friday when the track was rated 'good'.
Formerly trained by David Ferraris, Affluence Of Rain was having his first serious look around the track since moving to Fownes, and the trainer, and jockey Brett Prebble, would have liked what they saw as he stretched out to reel in early leader Norman Invader.
Fownes will have also been pleased to see new arrival Green Zone tow his way into third position under Tye Angland, who had ridden the horse twice previously in Australia when he was known as Sparkled and trained by Peter Snowden.
Owner Manu Melwani, of Sam's Tailor fame, will be hoping to strike early with his newly purchased son of Elusive Quality, who won two from eight in Sydney - both over 1,100m.