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Glorious Days

John Size says Glorious Days is better for last year's Yasuda Kinen

John Size says Glorious Days is better for last year's Yasuda Kinen

As disastrous as Glorious Days' 14th place in last year's Yasuda Kinen seemed at the time, trainer John Size and jockey Douglas Whyte believe it may have been the making of the horse who returns to Fuchu today a more complete coompetitor.

Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 4:58am

Awards aside, Size deserves his due for the progression of Glorious Days

John Size always puts the welfare of the horse first. Photo: Kenneth Chan

If Glorious Days wins the Yasuda Kinen in Tokyo on Sunday, he still won’t be crowned Champion Horse of the Year – Military Attack has that honour sewn up – but all that proves is that, just like Group One races, not all Horse of the Year awards are created equally.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Size still keen on Tokyo trip for Glorious Days

Glorious Days

Glorious Days will stick to a plan hatched 12 months ago and press on to the Yasuda Kinen next month in Tokyo after emerging from his Champions Mile defeat unscathed yesterday.

7 May 2013 - 5:23am

Whyte set for Glorious success in Champions Mile

Douglas Whyte. Photo: Kenneth Chan

With the Classic Mile, Stewards' Cup and Derby already in the bag, a fourth Group One victory for the Durban Demon hinges on Glorious Days and that would be his personal peak.

5 May 2013 - 4:00am

Glorious draw but size still not 100pc confident

Trainer John Size

Glorious Days pulled the perfect gate with the last number out at yesterday's HK$12 million Champions Mile draw - a round of applause from connections greeted trainer John Size's face of mock surprise, but the scene cloaked minor doubts about the nominal favourite.

3 May 2013 - 5:27am

Clash of big three in Jubilee Cup overshadows Derby

Lucky Nine beat Glorious Days in a thriller last year.

The best jockeys, the best horses and the stakes are high when Ambitious Dragon, Glorious Days and Lucky Nine clash in the Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup at Sha Tin on Sunday. Many fans will be thinking about the BMW Hong Kong Derby as the race of the weekend, even if it is technically a HK$16 million Class Two, but the HK$6 million Queen's Silver Jubilee overshadows it as a racing contest.

12 Mar 2013 - 5:25am

Glorious Days comes of age for Size

Champion jockey Douglas Whyte plants a well-deserved kiss on Glorious Days after winning the Stewards' Cup at Sha Tin yesterday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Glorious Days turned on the power to break his Group One maiden, give trainer John Size his fifth Stewards' Cup in 12 attempts and added another chapter to what is building as one of Hong Kong racing's great rivalries.

21 Jan 2013 - 3:54am

Ambitious Dragon's 'a super champion'

An overjoyed Zac Purton stands in the stirrups of superstar Ambitious Dragon after his victory in the Hong Kong Mile.

Two days after a trackwork incident had nearly dashed his chance at a long-awaited date with destiny, Ambitious Dragon thrust himself into the company of the all-time greats, with emotional trainer Tony Millard left to marvel at his horse's toughness and tenacity.

10 Dec 2012 - 12:37pm

Respect Glorious Days, says Millard

Glorious Days and his main rival Ambitious Dragon strut their stuff front of a big trackwork crowd at Sha Tin yesterday. They both look in mint condition for the Hong Kong Mile. Photos: Kenneth Chan

If you listen to the trainers of Ambitious Dragon and Glorious Days - the leading chances for tomorrow's Longines Hong Kong Mile - the mutual admiration flows so freely you could easily get the impression they would switch horses for one race if they could.

8 Dec 2012 - 1:54am

Champ Ambitious Dragon out of luck in Hong Kong Mile barrier draw

Hong Kong Vase candidate Pagera, with jockey Olivier Peslier, is full of beans under a rare blue sky at Sha Tin. Photo: Kenneth Chan

When Ambitious Dragon's owner, Johnson Lam Pui-hung, peeled back the number 11 at the barrier draw for the HK$20 million Longines Hong Mile yesterday, the audible sigh from onlookers said "advantage Glorious Days" - but there was one important individual who demurred.

7 Dec 2012 - 3:33am

Xtension delivers a timely reminder for Hong Kong Mile

Xtension shades Charles The Great in their gallop.

Xtension heads into Sunday's showcase meeting with impeccable credentials as the host city's big-occasion miler and he further underlined his claims to a third international Group One title.

5 Dec 2012 - 2:16am

Millard keeps things fresh with Ambitious Dragon

Ambitious Dragon is under a good hold by Beverley Millard, wife of trainer Tony, during a gentle gallop on the course proper yesterday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

There will be no sizzling trackwork from Ambitious Dragon this week, according to his handler Tony Millard, who says the trainer's cue is in the rack and his reigning two-time Horse of the Year is ready for a date with destiny in Sunday's Longines Hong Kong Mile.

4 Dec 2012 - 1:37am

Hong Kong team will rise to the occasion on international day

Glorious Days' victory augurs well for next month.

Hong Kong might not have a Silent Witness going into next month's Longines international meeting pencilled in as the winner already, but Sunday's prelude events left no doubt that local horses will uphold their recent record.

21 Nov 2012 - 1:01am

Glorious Days finds another gear

Glorious Days (Douglas Whyte) revels with blinkers on as he travels like a new horse to beat Ambitious Dragon by a clear margin. He will pose a serious threat in the HK Mile next month. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Ambitious Dragon was beaten but not bowed in the Jockey Club Mile yesterday for the second year running and trainer Tony Millard quickly called for a rematch in the Longines Hong Kong Mile next month with his conqueror Glorious Days.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:16am

Trainer Size tinkers with head gear to spark Glorious revenge

Glorious Days (green) will be out to turn the tables on favourite Ambitious Dragon this Sunday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Champion trainer John Size has ruled Real Specialist out of this weekend's Jockey Club Mile and will rely on a freshly blinkered Glorious Days as he attempts to turn the tables on Ambitious Dragon.

13 Nov 2012 - 4:29am