'Dream team' show their dominance with young guns John Size believes racing is a cyclical business. That being the case, the wheel has turned its full 360 degrees with the three-times premier trainer leading in a brilliant four-timer at Sha Tin yesterday. Size and his 'dream team' partner Douglas Whyte shared three winners - Vitality Champ ($19.00), Thistle King ($24.00) and Danacourt ($28.50) - while Sydndysider Chris Munce chimed into win on Whyte's reject Rely On Me ($88) in the fourth. The Durban Demon, meanwhile, also landed the Class One handicap for Caspar Fownes on The Duke ($136.50) as the outsider of his own four timer. The statistics when Size and Whyte get together are becoming quite astonishing. This season, Size has called on the five-times champion jockey 42 times and he's saluted on 12 of them - a win strike rate of 28.6 per cent. A further 10 have finished second or third, giving the partnership a place strike rate of 52.5 per cent. Size was at his laconic best at the end of a long day but reflected with satisfaction at the number of progressive young horses under his care at the present time. 'Racing's very much a cyclical game and at the moment, I have a number of nice young horses in the yard that I simply didn't have last year,' Size said. 'So it's been a very pleasing way to start the new season and to come away winning four races for the day was a good result.' Size spoke positively about Vitality Champ, the slow-maturing Danehill gelding who made it back-to-back wins in the day's opener, a Class Four over 1,600 metres. 'He's making progress and is doing everything right at the moment,' the trainer said. 'He's done well, taking the step up from 1,400 to 1,600 metres today and showing some character to win.' Thistle King is now unbeaten, two start for two wins, and this four-year-old son of Danehill's unheralded brother Anziyan looks a horse with a future. 'He did very well today, having won his first start and getting eight points, took him to a rating of 60 and he had to carry 133 pounds,' Size said. 'He didn't shirk the task at any stage and went on with the job. You'd have to say he's showing a bit of promise.' The stable's surprise packet was Rely On Me, who was passed over by Whyte after the premier rider had handled him in barrier trials on the all-weather track. Munce, one week back from his second placing in the Cox Plate in Melbourne, was a ready-made replacement. Whyte's preference in the race was for impressive debutant winner Treasure Colt, who ultimately started a $14 favourite following the scratching of top fancy Floral Pegasus at the barrier. Treasure Colt raced a fraction too keenly but had no answer to Rely On Me in the run home, with the margin between them being 13/4 lengths. 'His trials and work had been good last season but he was still quite immature,' Size said. 'Consequently, he was getting to the races and now living up to what he was showing at home. It was just a maturity thing, he simply lacked the strength at that time.' The son of boom sire Encosta de Lago has returned a transformed galloper this season and led for every centimetre of the 1,200m yesterday, clocking the decent time of 1:09.9. Whyte was positive about Vitality Champ and Thistle King, but said the opening winner gave him some heart palpitations before clinching victory. 'For a few strides, it looked like he might not pick up the leader [Century Super Star] and I thought 'oh no, I'm not going to start my day this way'. So I got to work on him and, to his credit, Vitality Champ responded well.' Whyte's victory on The Duke in the Class One gave him a high level of personal satisfaction, as last year's Hong Kong Mile Trial hero had been disappointing in each of his two previous outings. 'Caspar asked me to ride him and he wanted to make sure I got him settled early and travelling kindly,' Whyte said. 'He did that for me today, and when he does he's a much stronger horse at the end of his races. He took some narrow gaps today and it was a win with plenty of merit - he's a good, tough horse.'