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John Size posts 1,500th Hong Kong win and slots Sha Tin four-timer

John Size added another remarkable layer to an extraordinary career when the 12-time champion trainer saddled his 1,500th Hong Kong winner at Sha Tin yesterday, becoming only the second person to achieve the feat behind fellow Australian John Moore.

Marking his entry into one of Hong Kong racing’s most exclusive clubs with a quartet, Size reached the 1,500 win-mark when Raging Blizzard (Per Incanto) won the Class 4 BOC Life Handicap (1200m) under six-time Hong Kong champion jockey Zac Purton.

 One of the most influential figures in Hong Kong racing’s long and decorated history, Size was humbled to reach the colossal figure to sit behind only Moore (1,735 wins) before crowning the achievement with the subsequent wins of Beauty Eternal (Starspangledbanner), Helios Express (Toronado) and Ensued (Lemon Drop Kid).

“I’m very satisfied with my career in Hong Kong. It’s been very good from the first season when I started here and it’s given me great satisfaction,” Size, 69, said expressing surprise that he had reached such an imposing milestone with his 10,912th starter in Hong Kong.

“No, I didn’t imagine that [reaching 1,500 winners]. I thought it was a very tough assignment for me to come here but right from the beginning it seems like I was well suited and I’ve done much better than I could have imagined.”

With 16 Group 1 victories and three Hong Kong Derby (Listed, 2000m) triumphs to his credit, Size has been synonymous with some of the jurisdiction’s smartest horses while reaching the landmark with a winning strike-rate of 13.7 per cent.

First licensed for the 2001/02 season, Size swept to the Hong Kong trainers’ championship and repeated the feat in 2002/03, 2003/04, 2005/06, 2007/08, 2009/10, 2011/12, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2022/23 – to stand alone as the owner of the most training crowns.

“I’ll leave someone out if I start mentioning names, but Electronic Unicorn started the procession. He was a fantastic horse to come to me in my first season and gave me a great start and a big kick along,” Size reflected.

“The three [Hong Kong] Derby horses, of course – Fay Fay, Luger and Ping Hai Star – and Beat The Clock, who won four Group 1s in 12 months. It’s been a great ride and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.

“I’m very satisfied and I’m very grateful that I was able to come here.”

After his customary measured start to the season, Size accelerated his push for a 13th training crown with a four-timer yesterday. The trainer completed a race-to-race double when Helios Express won the Class 2 BOCHK Asset Management Handicap (1200m) as Brenton Avdulla charged into contention for the International Jockeys’ Championship at Happy Valley on December 6 with his first Hong Kong four-timer.

“It’s a massive result, obviously I had just knocked over a few singles [previously] – I hadn’t even had a double until today,” Avdulla said. “I did think coming here today that this was my strongest book of rides. I had good gates.

“I thought with a bit of luck, I could get one or two – it worked out well to get three, now four. It’s a big result.”

Shaping as a potential Hong Kong Derby contender, Ensued remained unbeaten with a dogged display in the Class 3 BOC Credit Card Handicap (2000m).

“It worked out really well, it was a wide draw but the race panned out well. On the turn, I thought he was the winner. He’s a nice horse,” Avdulla said.

A Toronado (High Chaparral) gelding, Helios Express claimed a Top-Up Bonus of HK$1.5 million (approx. AU$295,370) with his third win from four starts in Hong Kong.

Avdulla earlier combined with David Hall to win the Class 4 BOCHK Cross-border Services Handicap (1200m) on Star Club (Star Turn) before triumphing atop Michael Chang’s Lost Child (Swiss Ace) in the Class 4 BOCHK Wealth Management Handicap (1400m). He made it four on Size’s impressive young stayer Ensued.

Tony Cruz-trained Champion Dragon (Starspangledbanner), a Hong Kong International Races (HKIR) entrant, proved too classy in landing the Class 2 BOCHK SME In One Handicap (1800m) under Alexis Badel before Pierre Ng (23 wins) consolidated his place at the head of the 2023/24 trainers’ championship with Galaxy Patch’s (Wandjina) success in the Class 3 BOCHK BOC Pay Handicap (1200m) under Karis Teetan.

Antoine Hamelin struck aboard Douglas Whyte’s Tamra Blitz (Fascinating Rock) in the BOCHK “Banking TrendyToo” Handicap (1400m).

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