John Size started to flex his stable muscles yesterday as Access Years shrugged off a pre-race question over the horse's interrupted preparation to win with the proverbial leg in the air at his first appearance down the straight course. Stewards had interviewed trainer Size late this week about the gelding missing work in early October and were told it was due to a foot abscess, that Access Years had returned to training again on October 12 and the six-times champion trainer was satisfied with his five gallops since. He would have been equally satisfied with Access Years proceeding to thump his rivals by more than three lengths to give Joao Moreira his breakthrough win for the stable. "For me it's very important to win my first race for John - on his record you can see he is one of the very best trainers here and it is important to connect myself with the best trainers," Moreira said. "I know John has a few jockeys who do a lot of the riding for him but I will be very happy to be on that list, too." Moreira has now had four rides on the straight course for two wins and a second but he wasn't reading too much into it. "I didn't realise to be honest. I did used to ride a straight 1,000m a lot in Brazil - we have that course in Sao Paulo - but I think it has just been a coincidence that my horses have been good enough. "I think this one today would have won for any jockey, he smashed them," the Brazilian smiled after completing a winning double. "John even knew the right horse to follow. He said Roman Legend would take me into the race to the 300m and then I just had to find a run either side of him." Size has been pottering along just behind the lamplighters in the trainers' championship so far this season - through no fault of his own as he has easily led the field in seconds and thirds - but began making his presence felt a little more pointedly with a treble, courtesy of Dehere's The Love (Olivier Doleuze), Endowing (Tye Angland) and Access Years (Moreira). That took him to nine wins and fourth place on the table, four off the pace. And while he gave nothing else a chance yesterday, Access Years might be a rarity on the minimum trip at Sha Tin in future. "I chose the 1,000m for him because, fresh from a long break, it looked suitable," Size said. "He has a lot of speed so I thought he would be able to keep in touch, and I knew he'd be strong at the end of it. "It was appropriate today at the start of a preparation but you might not see him up the straight again - he'll probably need every bit of 1,200m when he goes to the races next time." Size said Dehere's The Love appeared to have a liking for the all-weather track, but would ultimately suffer the same fate as many other dirt performers.