Slow starts are as synonymous with John Size as trainer titles, but it should not be all too hard for Hong Kong’s 11-time champion conditioner to get on the board soon.

Last season, Size saddled 27 runners before one of his charges saluted the judge, with Elon overcoming a wide gate and making up more than half a dozen lengths in the Sha Tin straight to claim the Class Three Fuk Loi Handicap (1,200m) on September 26.

This season, Size has two seconds and one third to show for his 12 starters, but Bundle Of Charm could be lucky 13 for the 68-year-old when the son of All Too Hard resumes in Sunday’s Class Three The CMA 88th Anniversary Cup (1,200m) at Sha Tin.

The only last-start winner declared for Sunday’s seventh event, Bundle Of Charm has an excellent chance of putting not only Size among the winners but also Alexis Badel, who has ridden 42 losers since he booted home a winner on July 6.

“He’s shown plenty of ability and good racing manners, so it looks like he’s got a future,” said Size about the lightly raced four-year-old chestnut gelding, who has won two of his three races.

“He’s had a break and first-up is when a horse is vulnerable, but I think he’s going to run well.

“He didn’t have much time off because he didn’t have a long campaign last time, but he’s come up all right. His trial was sound and I think he’s in pretty good order, so he might as well race and let him take some improvement.”

Zac Purton and John Size debrief following Bundle Of Charm’s wide-margin win at Sha Tin on June 25.

Bundle Of Charm is one of four Size-prepared horses declared to run in the latter stages of Sunday’s 10-race Sha Tin meeting, with Red Desert, Erimo and Red Titan also set to represent the star handler.

Size has decided to change the gear of both Red Desert and Erimo, with the former set to compete in blinkers for the first time and the latter having his hood removed for his seventh career outing.

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According to Size, Red Desert has been “a little bit disinterested in a couple of his races”, while Erimo is “probably going to do better as he has a couple of races and works his way up to 1,600m”.

Size has booked Antoine Hamelin to ride Red Desert in the Class Three Fat Tseung Handicap (1,200m), Victor Borges to steer Erimo in the Class Three Hing Wah Handicap (1,400m) and Karis Teetan to pilot Red Titan, also in Sunday’s Sha Tin curtain closer.

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