Super Size throws down the gauntlet
For the second time in seven days, trainer John Size laid down a warning to his rivals that the four-time championship winner has a nice armoury when it comes to the season's classic age group.
Last week it was Dao Dao being lifted over the line to win by Felix Coetzee, and yesterday it was a much simpler task on Enthused after regular jockey Douglas Whyte was unable to get down to the horse's 114-pound handicap weight.
'It pays to be light,' grinned Coetzee, who has not had an easier win this season, with the heavily backed favourite looking a certain winner virtually from the time the gates opened.
'He's a lovely horse, very relaxed and I was never worried to be honest. With his attitude and how he finished his race off at 1,400m today, I don't think he'll have a problem with further.'
Enthused had shown high promise in a brief Australian career as a three-year-old, but promises to blossom into something very worthwhile with more maturity this season.
'He does a lot of things right that you like to see horses do - he begins, puts himself into his races and he travels kindly doing it,' Size said after watching Enthused put away his first victory from three runs in Hong Kong after being second and having to take a class rise after his first two.
'He's an easy ride and he looks like he'll run a strong mile.
'Well, put it this way, from the four-year-olds I've seen so far asked to run a mile you'd have to say he would not be out of order among them.'
One of those is stablemate Dao Dao and Size was excited by the prospect of two such promising four-year-olds looking towards better races early next year but for now 'the plan' is only to keep going forward with both.
'Win more races, that's the plan if there is one,' Size said with his usual opacity.