The character of the Group Three Chinese Club Challenge Cup (1,400m) may have changed in recent years but John Size and Pocket Money can prove that fresh is still best in the New Year's Day feature this afternoon. There was a time when the race was at 1,200m and the favourites were always horses coming out of the international meeting after running well in the Hong Kong Sprint - and every year they failed to back up and were defeated by horses who had missed the big international day. Since the switch to 1,400m in 2004, the game has changed slightly, and the last two winners, Scintillation and Floral Pegasus, were able to run on international day and then come back to win this race. But the Size-trained Pocket Money (Felix Coetzee) will still have been done no harm by his break while rivals were competing at a tough level, and, with just 116 pounds on board, he gets his chance to win a high class race. Pocket Money's second start advertised very good class ability when narrowly beaten by talented All's Well, almost 10 lengths clear of the third horse in a griffin race in May 2005, but despite a couple of wins later, he was not fulfilling that promise under Sean Woods in late 2006. Connections elected to switch him to Size and it has been onwards and upwards ever since, with nine starts for the Australian bringing three wins and three seconds and the gelding's form in three starts this season has been outstanding. Very strong wins first and second-up at this course and distance were followed up with a desperately unlucky second to Tiber in the National Day Cup on October 1 after Pocket Money had been knocked down early but flashed up late to just fail. At the end of October, Pocket Money was scratched with a blood abnormality, however, he has had plenty of work and a steady trial to get him ready, and Size has shown he can win with the gelding fresh. For all of that, the feature today is the opposite of a pushover with great chances also to Tony Cruz's pair, Floral Pegasus (Marco Chui Kwan-Lai) and Royal Prince (Brett Prebble), John Moore's River Jordan (Darren Beadman) and Danacourt (Douglas Whyte) and the Danny Shum Chap-shing-trained Flaming Lamborgini (Eric Saint-Martin).