John Size and Robbie Fradd should start the Year of the Monkey in the best possible way this afternoon, by taking the $1.6 million Chinese New Year Cup at Sha Tin with Gem Of India. The consistency shown by Gem Of India over 1,400 metres at Sha Tin has been remarkable. He has won twice and never missed the frame in eight starts and his third behind Hidden Dragon on New Year's Day in the Chinese Club Challenge Cup (G3) looks particularly strong form. He is ideally drawn in gate three and Fradd's ability to settle him in an ideal position looks the key to his chances. In theory, he should get the run of the race, and prove too good in the concluding stages. Size has two other excellent chances in Wintrow and Palette Natural, who both have strong claims based on recent form. Wintrow made all to win over the Sha Tin mile on New Year's Day in a dominant display. This versatile galloper has won his past two and must rate a top chance now he has found form. Palette Natural is more one-dimensional in that he drops out and must rely on the pace being strong to allow him to reel in the leaders. He fairly flew home to finish third to Bold Winner over the course and distance on January 10 and has held his form well all season. He has each-way claims again, though whether the tempo will be fast enough is a question. The likely leader is Victory Warrior, with Golconda the only other runner likely to press him in front. The former has failed to win from nine attempts over the course and distance, and has managed to hit the frame only once. His recent form has been fair, and there is no reason to suggest improvement today. Anton Marcus may have to work a shade harder than he would like on Golconda from the outside gate, which makes that horse hard to recommend on recent form. The Duke, who has drawn 13, will also need a tactically astute ride from Gerald Mosse. The Duke's form this season has been highly consistent, but with top weight of 133 pounds he may have to settle for a minor placing. Tony Cruz-trained Medic Corps is a five-time winner over the trip and has missed the frame just three times from thirteen attempts. This is his seasonal reappearance, but his form in work and in a January 6 trial was good enough to suggest he can figure in the finish. His form when resuming after a break - two second placings - reads well. Fantasy beat Gallant Knight (third) and Figures (fourth) over 1,200 metres on January 10, gaining a deserved win after a string of decent performances. This looks a stronger contest, and his form over this distance is not as good. There is every chance Figures should be able to reverse the form after his win over the course and distance on International Day. He is on the upgrade and is a value chance. Gallant Knight failed to hit the frame at his only attempt over 1,400 metres, but he left the impression he would be suited by the extra ground last time when flashing home over 1,200 metres. He is well weighted, but appeals strictly as a place chance. David Hayes' French import Green Channel has had only had a light preparation for his local debut, but arrives with decent form having been placed in the Prix Quincey (G3), for which he earned an International Rating of 105. His trial on January 16 was nothing special, and there is plenty of improvement to come. Hayes' Clement Supreme is coming off a seven-month break, and the prolonged absence from the track makes for a tall order this afternoon. His recent trial was quite good, but with his bodyweight up markedly he looks as if he will need the outing. Red Sun has performed woefully this term and can be safely ruled out. Dendranthema Love was soundly beaten on his debut against weaker opposition, and while some improvement can be expected, he, too, looks outclassed at this stage. Cruz has an excellent chance earlier in the day with Better Boy who bids to shrug his maiden status on his third career start. He should have won over 1,400 metres last time when second to subsequent winner Athletic Gold, and against similar opposition can atone.