Birthday: Jul 10, 1954
Age: 65. John Size was a top trainer in Sydney before his arrival in Hong Kong in 2001 with a reputation for improving and rekindling the spark in his horses. He broke the mould by winning the trainers' premiership in his very first season. He was level with Caspar Fownes at the end of 2013/14 with 62 wins apiece as he chased an eighth title but Fownes was crowned champion on count-back with one more second-place finisher. Size notched that eighth championship in the 2015/16 season, while his ninth championship in 2016/17 saw him set a new record for most winners in a season with 94, 27 more than nearest rival John Moore. In winning his 10th title in 2017/18, Size set a new benchmark for earnings in a season, accruing total prize money of HK$176,441,240. His 11th title in 2018/19 was sealed after a tussle with rival John Moore that went to the season's final day. He has trained the winners of two Horse of the Year titles, the multiple HKG1 scorers Electronic Unicorn and Grand Delight. In 2009/10 he trained Brave Kid to equal the then record of six wins in a season and Entrapment who finally broke that record with seven victories in just five months.
Hong Kong Champion Trainer (2001/02, 2002/03, 2003/04, 2005/06, 2007/08, 2009/10, 2011/12, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19); Australian Racing Hall of Fame inductee (2018).
Notable Race Wins Include
Hong Kong Mile (2013 Glorious Days), Hong Kong Sprint (2017 Mr Stunning), QEII Cup (2004 River Dancer), Champions Mile (2003 Electronic Unicorn, 2009 Sight Winner, 2017 Contentment), Chairman's Sprint Prize (2003 Grand Delight, 2018 Ivictory, 2019 Beat The Clock), Hong Kong Derby (2012 Fay Fay, 2015 Luger, 2018 Ping Hai Star), Stewards' Cup (2002 & 2003 Electronic Unicorn, 2004 Super Kid, 2007 Armada, 2013 Glorious Days), Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup (2004 Electronic Unicorn, 2016 Contentment), Champions & Chater Cup (2004 Super Kid), Centenary Sprint Cup (2003 Grand Delight, 2018 D B Pin, 2019 Beat The Clock), Hong Kong Classic Mile (2016 Sun Jewellery, 2018 Nothingilikemore), Hong Kong Classic Cup (2013 It Has To Be You, 2015 Thunder Fantasy, 2016 Sun Jewellery), George Ryder Stakes (2000 Al Mansour), Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000 Georgie Boy), The Galaxy (2001 Padstow), All Aged Stakes (2001 El Morada).
Hong Kong Career Wins
(at start of 2019/20 season): 1,211 (win strike rate: 14.4%).
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