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.
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.