John Size

Teetan's treble puts some spark back into his season

Karis Teetan celebrates a treble as he returns to the winner's circle on John Size's Swift Shadow. Photos: Kenneth Chan

Suspensions and the presence of Joao Moreira had eaten into the productivity of Karis Teetan of late but the Mauritian bounced back from his mid-season flat spot with his first treble, including what he felt was a key victory for leading trainer John Size.

Monday, 3 March, 2014, 9:40am

Khaya's late Derby bid headlines the last leg of the Triple Trio

Khaya (Douglas Whyte) was impressive last Sunday and can repeat in the final leg of the Triple Trio. Photo: Kenneth Chan

A group of longshot Derby hopefuls line up in a Class Three handicap on Sunday at Sha Tin, all needing a win to keep their slim chances of competing in the four-year-old classic alive, and John Size-trained Khaya stands out from the rest as far as quality is concerned.

20 Feb 2014 - 8:50pm

Khaya just finds a way to keep on winning

Khaya streaks away to win at Sha Tin on Sunday. Better races now await the John Size-trained gelding. Photo: Kenneth Chan

John Size-trained Khaya had looked a fringe Derby hopeful when this season started and events have probably overtaken that ambition, but he again showed himself to have a good race ahead somewhere with his solid return from a three month break.

17 Feb 2014 - 9:20pm

Size extends his championship lead after scoring a treble

It was a top day for John Size, who trained three winners. Photo: Kenneth Chan

There might still be a nip in the air but trainer John Size had more of a spring in his step after emerging from his winter doldrums with a winning treble.

Size kept the championship lead despite just one win in January, but made it five this month after Access Years and Sichuan Exec scored for Joao Moreira and belated Derby aspirant Khaya won with Douglas Whyte aboard.

16 Feb 2014 - 10:24pm

Third time lucky for Access Years and Moreira in Triple Trio

Joao Moreira wins on Access Years in November. Victory has eluded the pair the last two times John Size's galloper has raced. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Another low draw, another Class Three handicap with a big weight, and John Size-trained Access Years is likely to start favourite again too, but punters will be hoping for a change of luck for the sprinter in the middle leg of Sunday's Triple Trio at Sha Tin.

13 Feb 2014 - 8:28pm

Do You Get It looks a coming dirt winner

Douglas Whyte takes Do You Get It (inside) to the line in Tuesday's trial. Photo: Kenneth Chan

John Size-trained Do You Get It looks like a dirt track winner waiting to happen after an impressive trial at Sha Tin on Tuesday.

The three-year-old had already been given four trials by the patient trainer, following the three he had in New Zealand, and Douglas Whyte was clearly sent out with the job of ironing out a few chinks in the gelding's armour before his debut.

11 Feb 2014 - 8:26pm

It would be Silly to write off Buddies

Meridian Treasure (Jacky Tong Chi-kit) holds off Pretty One (Nicola Pinna) and Silly Buddies (Tye Angland) in the Pok Oi Cup. Silly Buddies can atone on Saturday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

It's take two for John Size-trained Silly Buddies in the Heung Yee Kuk Cup (1,200m) at Sha Tin and the lightly-raced four-year-old looks ready to make amends for his latest defeat at odds-on in a cup race.

7 Feb 2014 - 9:33pm

Demuro has Courage and Size on his side for Triple Trio

Mirco Demuro and John Size can join forces with Red Courage in the middle leg of the Triple Trio. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Mirco Demuro has yet to win for John Size but he has been around the mark and with a perfect draw and a light weight he can break through on Red Courage in the middle leg of the Triple Trio at Happy Valley on Wednesday night.

3 Feb 2014 - 10:16pm

Although different is style, Moore and Size standard setters in their own unique ways

The two Johns: Moore (left) and Size (right).  Photos: Kenneth Chan

The changes to compulsory retirement for trainers aged 65 and up – which has been dubbed by some, perhaps unfairly – “the John Moore rule”, delivers Hong Kong racing far more than just five more years of safari suits, Class One cup winners and media-friendly post-race interviews.

27 Jun 2013 - 7:32pm

Hypersonic can sound happy ending to TT

Hypersonic is one of the improvers in the John Size stable. Photo: Kenneth Chan

There is a sense that John Size is about to assert his authority on the trainers' championship and lightly raced Hypersonic is just the sort of horse that will help him. The progressive three-year-old can get back to his winning ways on the Sha Tin all-weather track on Sunday and is a standout banker in the final leg of the Triple Trio.

14 Jun 2013 - 5:12am

Fighter Class will appreciate longer trip

John Size. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Trainer John Size, who is seeking a remarkable eighth title, has another smart one in Fighter Class in his bag of tricks. The gelding showed big improvement from his debut run following his Class Three Hong Kong University Alumni Association Challenge Cup (1,200m) third behind the promising My Favorite at Sha Tin.

14 Jun 2013 - 5:12am

Epic trainers’ battle will come down to quality over quantity

John Size will be looking to Dr Good Habit, an easy winner on Wednesday, to bang in another one before the end of the season. Photo: Kenneth Chan

The thrilling four-way tussle for the trainers’ championship is a case of last man – or more to the point, horse – standing.

13 Jun 2013 - 4:26pm

Size youngsters hold the key to Triple Trio

Forever Ahead has shown plenty in the mornings. Photo: Kenneth Chan

John Size has slipped from first to fourth in the trainers' championship chase in the past five weeks, and while he remains favourite for an eighth title, he will need to break a bad run soon if he is to stay in the hunt.

11 Jun 2013 - 2:59am

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.

2 Jun 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