The season's champion rookie, Caspar Fownes, finished his first year as a trainer even more emphatically than he began it - smashing a winning treble yesterday and unveiling a real Hong Kong Mile threat in the process. Fownes-trained Perfect Partner provided the biggest day yet in the trainer's fledgling partnership with outstanding Australian jockey Patrick Payne to give the combination a treble after a hollow victory in the Hong Kong Racehorse Owners' Association Trophy over 1,600 metres. Despite top weight of 133 pounds in the final feature race of the season, Perfect Partner was clearly going half-paced as Payne peeled him to the outside at the top of the straight and the ultimate ease of victory suddenly placed the four-year-old into the reckoning when the world comes knocking next December. 'I think we have to head towards the Hong Kong Mile after that and probably the handicapper won't leave us with many alternatives after a win like that on 109 points,' said Fownes, who won the opening race of the season with Champion Boy and the second-last with Perfect Partner. 'Really, it's been just a dream season,' Fownes said. 'We've finished it off strongly today and it's great for Paddy to win three today. He is such a talent and it's a great shame about his weight as he has missed out on a few of the lightly weighted wins while he's been here. 'The important thing is that even when he can't ride some of the horses in races because of the weights, he's still a very valuable asset to the stable working with them in the mornings. And these things have a habit of evening out over time.' Perfect Partner had not run since his unlucky defeat in the Macau-Hong Kong Trophy in Macau on April 4 but the break after that race appeared to do him more good than harm. 'You know in the lead-up to the Classic Mile where he finished third to Tiber and Lucky Owners, Perfect Partner split a hoof, which didn't help him,' Fownes said. 'The farrier, Luke Thompson, does a fantastic job, especially with cracked or split hoofs, and got him back on track so full credit to Luke. 'The horse ran a blinder in Macau, when I thought he was unlucky, then he came back here and had a break and as you see he's done even better with it. We targeted this race some time ago and although I was concerned with the big weight, he's won like a very good horse.' Earlier, Fownes and Payne won with new acquisition Native Language, who was dropping into Class Four for the first time in some time. 'He had 132 pounds, too, but was well rated at the top of Class Four and that always helps,' said Fownes. 'He's quite a nervous horse before he races but Paddy gave him a quiet, nice ride and he won what was probably not an overstrong race. 'I do get the feeling he might be a bit better on softer footing than we had today so we'll probably look at giving him more racing at Happy Valley next season.' And Maranello, like Perfect Partner an acquisition from the leading Sydney stable of John Hawkes, finally broke an exasperating run when he dead-heated to share his maiden Hong Kong win in the sixth. 'It's very gratifying to win one at last because he's had problems,' said Fownes. 'The horse had problems and I'm thrilled to be able to get him to the races. He should have won clearly today after being held up in the straight but Paddy didn't panic, waited for the gap and managed to get him there for half a win which is a lot better than none.'