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Size is a realist over Fay Fay's chances

Fay Fay and trainer John Size (right). Photo: Kenneth Chan

Champion trainer John Size has dipped his toe back in the Group One pond over the past year after a drought, but even his stunning upset with It Has To Be You has failed to ignite any serious optimism about Fay Fay's prospects in the HK$8 million Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup on Sunday.

Friday, 22 February, 2013, 4:45am

Size confident Glorious Days can match the best

Hong Kong's top four-year-olds failed to measure up to winning last week's QE II Cup but trainer John Size is hoping the road not travelled will stand Glorious Days in good stead for tomorrow's BMW Champions Mile, and possibly beyond.

5 May 2012 - 12:00am

Fay Fay can repeat his Derby triumph

The likelihood of a soft tempo and a replay of the way the Hong Kong Derby was run gives the John Size-trained Fay Fay his chance this afternoon to repel the foreign challenge in the Group One Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (2,000m).

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Fay Fay rewards Size's patience

In the cold, black and white of a race record, John Size's first Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby winner was far from unpredictable but that would glosses over the moment 18 months ago when Fay Fay's future was an open question.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Whyte: how I won my second Derby

'We had limited options from barrier 14 with Fay Fay before the race, but John Size and I discussed it and basically I said I wanted galloping room. I didn't want to be stopping and starting like in the Classic Cup, he's not that sort of horse.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Moment of truth for Size's Fay Fay

The John Size-trained Fay Fay has let his supporters down twice lately at short odds in his lead-ups to the HK$16 million Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby, but he is capable of overcoming an outside draw to put on a reversal to win today.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Whyte: rival's speed could boost Fay Fay's chances

Leading trainer John Size goes into tomorrow's Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby double-handed with Real Specialist and Fay Fay, but his most important weapon as he hunts the HK$16 million classic might come from a rival stable, according to champion jockey Douglas Whyte.

17 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Derby draw points to thriller

If the barrier draw for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby had been intended to open the contest up, then what emerged randomly at Sha Tin yesterday could not have been designed any better.

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

'I'm in a very enviable position'

Trainer David Ferraris was speechless after getting only a moral victory with Sweet Orange in the Group One Mercedes-Benz Classic Cup (1,800m) yesterday, but Zaidan's winning trainer John Moore echoed the thoughts of just about everyone else after the major Derby lead-up.

20 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Fay Fay can power home at right time

With the exception of an added 200m, the John Size-trained Fay Fay is back where he was four weeks ago as the horse to beat in a Group One four-year-old event where sweating on the tempo is his greatest concern.

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Fay Fay the one, despite pace worries

The Group One Mercedes-Benz Classic Mile today looks a moderate test of the stamina needed for the four-year-old races to come and that looks the greatest danger to the John Size-trained Fay Fay taking it out.

25 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Fay Fay rises through the ranks in style

The John Size-trained Fay Fay continued his inexorable march to the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby, with a different set of tactics bringing back that sparkling finish which had been missing recently.

2 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Cartoon Fay Fay shows improvement

A Tony Millard quinella in an all-weather track trial yesterday revealed a likely improver and confirmed a progressive type's promise.

Cartoon Fay Fay won the 1,050m dirt jump-out, finishing a neck in front of in-form stablemate Well Done.

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Fay Fay makes no mistakes to relief of burned punters

Favourite punters finally caught a break when the fifth-odds-on chance of the card, Fay Fay, did the right thing for them in the final event, but jockey Douglas Whyte credited the win with his close working relationship with trainer John Size.

21 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

No sweat as Size and Whyte notch double

Douglas Whyte gave an impressive John Size-trained winner Fay Fay a glowing reference, but his actions - or lack of them - spoke louder than words.

17 Oct 2011 - 12:00am