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Size believes “under-rated” Sight Spirit is a genuine Hong Kong Classic Mile threat

January 29, 2022, 10:22:03 AM

Bearing down on a record 12th trainers’ championship, John Size is hopeful Sight Spirit can continue an upward career trajectory and claim the HK$12 million Hong Kong Classic Mile (1600m) at Sha Tin on Sunday (30 January).

Bearing down on a record 12th trainers’ championship, John Size is hopeful Sight Spirit can continue an upward career trajectory and claim the HK$12 million Hong Kong Classic Mile (1600m) at Sha Tin on Sunday (30 January).

Trailing Frankie Lor 42-39 in the championship, Size will saddle Blaze Warrior (Antoine Hamelin) and Master Delight (Joao Moreira), but the master horseman is confident Vagner Borges and Sight Spirit can contend strongly from barrier seven as the Toronado gelding chases his fourth successive victory.

“Sight Spirit is fairly well underrated at present but he hasn’t had too many opportunities. He’s won his last three and he’s still improving so we’ll give him a chance in the four-year-old series and see how far he gets,” Size said.

Borges inherited the Sigh Spirit after Moreira honoured a commitment to Master Delight, who must overcome barrier 14. Size is hopeful Moreira can capitalise on what is expected to decent speed at the head of the race.

“He might appreciate a race with a true tempo, that’s what we’re hoping for. I think he has difficulty sprinting off a slow speed so if there’s a bit more pressure in the race that might help him,” Size said. “I think the thought all along was that he would run a bit better with a true tempo so I think the day we get one is not the day to be concerned.”