Angland, Dr Super give Size a 'huge' lift
It seems the 1,300-pound plus Dr Super and towering jockey Tye Angland, who is close to six foot tall, were a perfect combination.
'It was the biggest jockey and biggest horse in Hong Kong combined,' Angland joked after a front-running display on the John Size-trained gelding in a Class Four (1,400m).
Jumping from gate 12 at Dr Super's second start, Angland said he hadn't planned to necessarily lead, but rather sit outside the speed.
But circumstance may have uncovered the three-year-old's best racing pattern.
'He did a lot of work early,' Angland said. 'I wanted to sit outside the leader but the inside horse headed me and he just wouldn't come back to me.
'He wanted to go a bit strong, so I let him roll. He got to the front way too early but was big and strong enough to win.'
Size, who now has 31 winners, indicated aggressive tactics could be re-visited in the future. 'He begins well, so going forward is a good option with him,' he said. 'He is out of trouble there and once he gets rolling he can run good sectionals.'
Angland agreed with the master trainer's assessment, saying the horse's massive stride length meant, once in rhythm, he would be tough to run down; 'Being a big horse, if he can get a distance and roll along at decent sectionals it will be hard for the other horses to catch him,' he said.
A strong debut fourth over 1,400m, and now a win over the same trip, bode well for the horse being able to tackle longer journeys as he matures.
'He'll get further, that's the best thing about him,' Angland said. 'And when he does get in front he relaxes and then shows a good turn of foot. So he has got a bit of a future.'
Angland had a good view of Dr Super's first start, when he rode Benefactor against him on December 27, and believes the horse has made significant progress since then.
'I sat outside him at his first start, and he didn't really make the turn and he wanted to run around a bit,' he said. 'Today he was a lot better in that way, so he has obviously improved.'