John Size followers just missed out on a big ticket win at Sha Tin last start but honest four-year-old Big Bang Bong can atone at Happy Valley in the Cornwall Handicap (1,800m) on Wednesday night.

Without a trophy race on the lacklustre card, the Class Two will have to stand as the main event and Big Bang Bong (Olivier Doleuze) looks the one to beat in a wide open affair with probably four or five good chances.

Big Bang Bong last ran at Happy Valley three starts ago when a very good second to Bullish Smart over 1,650m, finishing powerfully late to miss by a neck.

Size then tried him in Class Two at Sha Tin on the turf where he worked too hard from a wide draw then he didn’t fire on the dirt but anything can be forgiven a failure on that awful surface.

Last start, Big Bang Bong was back to Class Three and back to form at surprising odds of over 40-1, charging but failing to overhaul Happy Agility by only a neck.

Although back to Class Two, he finds a winnable race but perhaps the key to his prospects will lie with what happens underneath Big Bang Bong from a tricky barrier eight or whether the lead gets competitive.

He looks to have three or four horses drawn lower than him with enough speed to keep him a little wide so getting over in the first 300m looks the first job for Doleuze.

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The dangers are everywhere, including his stablemate What Else But You (Karis Teetan), Friends Of Ka Ying (Zac Purton) and lightly weighted Magic Beauty (Kei Chiong Ka-kei).

Magical Beauty had to make a long run last time in Class Three before going down narrowly under 133 pounds and won’t know himself dropping 20 pounds tonight from a soft draw. In fact, he hasn’t had the best of luck in any recent runs and has still finished handy and was third at his only attempt this distance.

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