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Fownes the big mover, Shinn continues to climb

The jockeys championship has been over for many weeks in Hong Kong and the trainers' title race probably ended on Sunday, even though John Size continues to hold on to his position as our highest-rated trainer.

Size's consistency over different aspects of training and over many seasons, keeps him as our top rater but Caspar Fownes has charged up the rankings to third on our list - and to a good lead in the official championship.

A record 12th win for Size now will likely have to wait until another year after he has kept chipping away lately but has been unable to match the fireworks from Fownes.

As recently as a month ago, Fownes was sitting 11th on our rankings but his last 100 runners have produced a yield of 16 winners and he has now moved into third rating. One of the drags on his overall rating with us has been his performances at Sha Tin's turf track over the past four or five seasons but Fownes has really lifted his game there in 2020-21 and that is going to lead to his title.

On Sunday, he landed five wins at Sha Tin and both Group 3 races, one of them, Sky Field, also carried Blake Shinn into his highest rank yet with us.

His body of recent work has been excellent, with 11 wins from his last 100 rides, despite his battle to gain consistent traction on favourite rides.

Interestingly, our examinations show that he and Derek Leung have been the riders for punters to follow this season, both punching well above market expectations on longer-priced mounts.

 

(Note, apprentice jockey ratings reflect performances with allowance "built in". As they lose the claim and compete on a more equal footing, we expect their rating to deteriorate unless they prove to be high class riders.)

​These numbers are updated regularly, many will change considerably through the season. They are designed to reflect current form but with past figures also putting a brake on hot-streak performers or lifting up a long-term quality player having a quiet run.

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