Size to look away from the features with four-year-old

While it rained winners "classic eligible" yesterday, John Size was only too happy not to have to even consider those sorts of options as Shining Champion made a winning return to racing. Six four-year-olds or rising four-year-olds won in the 10 races and it was possible to work the words Classic Mile or Derby into quite a few post-race interviews, but not in any discussion of Shining Champion (Joao Moreira) after his 1,200m success. "The way he travels, he might get 1,400m one day but that's all," said Size, who gave the gelding three starts at three, when he showed some promise without winning. Alan Aitken

Yung warns progressive galloper will be hampered by issues

Benno Yung Tin-pang would normally be looking to the four-year-old classics with a horse of the calibre of Ishvara, who produced his second win from his third start yesterday, but the trainer admits his career may be hampered by health issues. "The horse has plenty of potential but he is a roarer," Yung said after Ishvara (Keith Yeung Ming-lun, pictured) burst through along the inside to deny odds-on favourite Brilliant Dream (Joao Moreira) in the Kate Handicap (1,400m). "I think he could get even further in time but everything depends on his breathing problems. We have to be careful and manage him properly." Andrew Hawkins

Drop to Class Five sees Kiwi Group placegetter break maiden

Jockey Gerald Mosse was once tagged the King Of Class Five for his ability to get a winning tune out of horses which are often in the bottom grade due to age, injury or a bad attitude and he was at it again as Secret Agent broke his maiden in the opening race. The gelding had some useful two-year-old form without winning in New Zealand when he arrived on a rating of 73 but had been unable to reproduce anything like that. Fourteen starts later, Secret Agent made his entry to Class Five a winning one and drew some faint praise from Mosse. "He is probably a little better than a Class Five horse," said the French ace. Alan Aitken

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