My Home Town looks set to unleash his fancy footwork
There have been few, if any, better trainers than John Size operating at Sha Tin during its three decades, so it will be appropriate for his upwardly mobile sprinter My Home Town to make a successful return in the Sha Tin Racecourse 30th Anniversary Cup (1,200m) today.
The Jockey Club celebrates that notable anniversary with giveaways, special displays, a variety show including sports challenges between athletes and jockeys, and a ceremony to commemorate the occasion.
And it promises to be notable on the track, too, with some promising horses back after the summer break, and My Home Town (Felix Coetzee) is one of them.
At his only preparation to date, My Home Town ran six times as a three-year-old for three wins and two seconds, with his only failure coming when he didn't cope with 1,400m last time out. One of his seconds was a debatable demotion on protest in January, the other a nose defeat by Always Giggle, who was older, tougher and just flying at that time.
With the benefit of the break, My Home Town should return stronger and tougher and, with just 118 pounds, he looks the one to beat in the feature.
The race promises to be truly run with the likes of Tchaikovsky and Profiting Champion, and there are a number of other quick horses to take the running if either or both of those are ridden quietly.
If the tempo is strong, Coetzee can sit back off the speed from what might otherwise have been an awkward 10 draw and come with a rush under the lighter weight as My Home Town has already displayed a very sharp turn of foot in his races.
Trainer Paul O'Sullivan has handed a unique opportunity to new 10-pound claimer Derek Leung Ka-chun with the ride on underrated Elegant Win.
Leung has yet to open his winning account, but is not without a chance to do it in a feature race on Elegant Win, providing he can get the formula right.
Elegant Win was unlucky on several occasions last season, including his latest second to Gunner Mac in June, and is certainly not out of this event with a light weight.
Leung and the other newcomer, Keith Yeung Ming-lun, have impressed race watchers with their abilities, and they won't be long in making a mark.
However, the test with Elegant Win is getting the gelding cover, then getting the clear room and timing for his finishing run just right - no small order for a rider with the 'L' plates still on.
One World (Darren Beadman) was the horse who beat My Home Town in the protest and meets him a little better at the weights, while Caspar Fownes' Deferential (Olivier Doleuze) looked to be coming into form at the end of last season, and will likely benefit by having been gelded in July.
Tony Cruz also has an interesting newcomer in Pot Of Gold (Marco Chui Kwan-lai), who had form around New Zealand's better three-year-olds in what was a good classic crop last season.
John Size and Felix Coetzee combined 151 times last season for a win strike rate of : 19%