In-form Size has his yard ready to fire on all cylinders
John Size's team is showing no signs of slowing down late in the season and the premiership-leading trainer presented a number of quality barrier trial runners at Sha Tin yesterday.
Suspended jockey Douglas Whyte hasn't slackened in his workload either, guiding most of the Size-trained runners in the hope of still being able to peg back Brett Prebble in the jockeys' title.
The results of the trial sessions hint that a late season surge from the combination could be well and truly on the cards over the final 11 meetings, especially given that there are seven Sha Tin meetings remaining and their strike-rate is far better at the big track.
Standouts were Enthused, Almighty Windpower, Spinnaker, Entrapment, Ejimeric Te Specso and Diego, who was the victim of an abandoned race last Sunday.
Enthused wore pacifiers and Whyte steered him in behind runners for much of the 1,000m heat to eventually finish fifth to Blaze King in a time of 58.5 seconds - the fastest heat of the morning. He hasn't been sighted at the races yet this season, and it was encouraging to see him come back so well from some lameness in his near-side fore leg at the start of the term.
Diego looks in tip-top shape and travelled strongly down the centre of the course in heat three, showing no signs of a previous tendon injury from late last year.
That heat was won by the David Hall-trained My Good Friend in a time of 59.4 seconds, but the way Diego closed off over the final stages was impressive and his third placing was full of merit.
Entrapment travelled as sweetly as ever behind impressive heat seven winner New Glory, who stopped the clock at 60.8 seconds for the 1,050m dirt gallop, 10 lengths clear of his rivals.
Debut winner Ejimeric Te Specso and newcomer Almighty Windpower, who is likely to be aimed at next year's Derby after placing in the New Zealand 2000 Guineas, also moved smoothly in their respective heats and should be followed into next season.