Size puts pressure on Grand Delight
John Size turned up the heat at Sha Tin yesterday where several horses from his yard figured prominently in the dirt trials, including International Sprint hopeful Grand Delight.
Last season's Champion Sprinter won the opening trial, and although he went to the line under a tight hold from Shane Dye he was definitely given a more testing piece of work.
Dye was content to settle him a little closer to the front runners in this trial, although he was covering plenty of extra ground when sitting six to eight wide for the entire journey.
There was a good deal of disappointment in his most recent effort when finishing second to last in the International Sprint Trial won by Silent Witness. It was an uncharacteristically poor performance from the champion.
He looks in great order now, and with master trainer Size putting a fraction more pressure on him in this piece of work, plenty can be expected on the big occasion.
Every bit as impressive was last-start winner Super Kid, who finished second with Glyn Schofield never letting him off the bridle at any stage. His work is better than it was leading up to his last win and he looks an exciting prospect. He should be even more effective over further than 1,400 metres, and with The Duke subsequently franking the form from their previous meeting he looks a highly promising sort.
Size managed to complete the trio in the opening trial with Gift finishing back in third. He is a lazy worker, and for him to figure prominently is a good sign.
Danny Shum's All Done led all the way in the second trial and recorded the fastest time of the morning (1.12.4) in the process. Although there may not have been much left when he hit the wire, it was nonetheless a vast improvement on any of his work this season and he looks much fitter now. There should be further improvement to come, and he is one to watch more closely in future gallops.
Andy Leung Ting-wah's Lucky Encounter was urged along in the third heat and responded by leading all the way. He looks fit, and may even have improved a fraction in his work.
Once again Size figured prominently as Liberal's Choice and Gem Of India both hit the line with plenty of enthusiasm. Dye allowed Liberal's Choice to stride out in the final furlong, and he responded in no uncertain terms.
Probably the best effort came from Gem Of India, who was under a vice-like grip from Robbie Fradd for the entire journey. He has come on in leaps and bounds since finishing third on his seasonal reappearance and will take plenty of beating in his next outing.