It’s getting to that time in the season when the John Size-trained unraced horses start rolling out and stringing form together and two of them went into the black book from Sunday at Sha Tin.
Size has some very interesting new horses this season and time will tell how serious they are under race conditions, but Premiere and Unicron Jewellery certainly look capable of winning races.
In the opening event, Premiere was a touch disappointing in a weak affair but only had one 800m trial going into his first start and boxed on for second, so it was hard to find too much fault.
A nice style of horse, Premiere had good natural pace to cross and lead despite his inside draw and he looked open to improvement in fitness and did have a good look around him in running too, so there was enough there in mitigation to suggest he should come on for the experience.
Although the sectional times in the race were very poor, we’re trusting that the champion trainer will improve Premiere on this effort going forward.
We’ve seen before how Size horses often start slowly and build their profile and Premiere should fit that mould, as should Unicron Jewellery.
While Premiere is all about speed, Unicron Jewellery is a completely different style of horse, with three trials under the belt recently to prepare for his first start at 1,600m, which looks like it will be the least distance he will need as his career proceeds.
With some tactical speed to box seat in the run to the home turn, Unicron Jewellery was held up trying to get out from behind the leaders then wore away gamely at one pace to be quite close up at the finish behind Victory Master, Xinjiang Yarn and Invention Master.
No champions there in the opposition but, as a three-year-old by Savabeel, Victory Magic’s sire, Unicron Jewellery looks like he will be best suited by further than the mile.
That little bit of tactical ability is going to take him a long way in middle distance events and it was an encouraging debut that said this International Sale Griffin is also going to win his share.