Fownes' new recruit coming to hand nicely
Speedygonzalez showed he has acclimatised quickly after another gutsy performance at Sha Tin last Saturday.
The Caspar Fownes-trained New Zealand-bred horse joined the Hong Kong scene this season after a promising four-run campaign for trainer Graham Richardson, which comprised a second-up win over 1,400m on yielding ground at Ellerslie and three other placings.
The four-year-old was unwanted in the betting at 73-1 when making his debut last month over 1,200m following two progressive trials, but he made a good impression when rattling home to finish fifth to another promising sort in The Peak.
This time over the same course in a Class Three, Speedygonzalez (Vincent Ho Chak-yiu) didn't go unnoticed, starting at $75. He was switched off at the rear and one off the fence, had only one behind him at the 200m before closing strongly to finish 1¾-lengths fourth to Tour De Force.
He is a son of Last Tycoon stallion Towkay and Al Akbar mare Luscious Lass. Towkay was a sprint winner of the CS Hayes Stakes and has been a versatile sire in Hong Kong with 25 winners from 31 starters over a distance of 1,000m to 2,200m on both surfaces and courses, including Armada, a 2007 Stewards' Cup winner.
Luscious Lass earned a minor placing up to 1,400m in seven of 22 starts in New Zealand. She is a sister to Luscious Lady - four wins to 1,300m and second in the Group Three WRC Desert Gold Stakes - and Hi Yo Wassup - five wins at 1,200m and 1,600m and Listed placed - and a half-sister to the retired Hokkien All - a two-time winner at 1,150m on the all-weather course many years back.