Size Can Count At The Valley

Racing at Happy Valley starts at 12h45

John Size has enjoyed a strong start to the New Year with six wins through January and on Wednesday at Happy Valley he’ll saddle seven runners across the nine-race fixture in his quest for a record-setting 12th trainers’ championship.

Aided by a treble two days ago at Sha Tin, Size – whose seasonal tally stands at 29 wins – is looking to keep on rolling off the back of a strong weekend as he aims to bridge the gap on Caspar Fownes (38 wins) and Frankie Lor (32 wins).

“We’re starting to run a few more horses now and the new ones are coming right so we’re ok,” Size said.

John Size is an 11-time champion trainer in Hong Kong (Pic – HKJC)

Size’s 70-strong stable at present features 26 horses yet to make their Hong Kong debut, including two-time Australian winner Beauty Fit (ex Barocha) who impressed in a barrier trial on the grass at Sha Tin this morning (19 January).

But with Wednesday approaching, the handler’s strong hand at the city circuit is headlined by the consistent Scores Of Fun in the second section of the Class 3 Sheung Hei Handicap (1200m).

“He’s healthy and well – he seems the same there’s no change in him and he seems to have pulled up well from his last start, so he has a good gate and he’ll probably run a good race,” Size said.

Vagner Borges takes the reins atop the chestnut and the duo will break from gate four against 11 others, while the race prior, the Class 3 Tai Yau Handicap (1650m), fellow Brazilian jockey Joao Moreira will team with Size aboard Wealthy Delight, who sets off from gate 12 of 12.

“He seems ok in Class 3 – he’s got a light weight but sadly on Wednesday night he has an awkward draw on the outside, so we’ll have to deal with that.

“But he seems healthy and well, he’s always been sound and in good shape so I’m sure he’ll run well but the draw doesn’t help him,” Size said.

Size also saddles Dr Eq who steps down to Class 5 for the first time to contest the Ng Fong Handicap (1000m).

“He trialled alright – he’s been a long time coming but he looks like he’s sort of mature and ready now.

“He too has an awkward draw (gate 11), I would have been much happier if he got a gate because things can go horribly wrong from there but the horse seems fine,” Size said.

Wednesday’s nine-race fixture kicks off at 12h45 with the Class 5 Tseuk Luk Handicap (2200m).

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