John Size extended his slender lead in the trainer’s premiership in the face of a John Moore assault at Happy Valley tonight (Wednesday, 10 July).
One win separated Size and Moore at the start of this evening’s nine-race card. Moore drew level when Magic Legend ended a two-year losing streak but Size struck back with a double in the last two races, bringing the score to 76-74. Sunday’s 11-race Sha Tin finale will decide the outcome.
“It feels a little bit temporary to me but we’ll keep trying,” Size said after re-taking the lead, aware of course that this weekend Moore will empty all that his arsenal still holds.
Size – who turned 65 today – has led the championship for most of the season but Moore has upped the ante in recent weeks, chipping away at his rival’s lead. Before tonight, the former had saddled only two winners since 16 June, the latter had welcomed seven.
“John Size doesn’t take it lightly,” Moore said after Magic Legend equalled the tallies at 74-74 with a three and a quarter-length win in race seven, the Class 3 Silver Grecian Handicap (1200m).
There was jubilation in the Moore camp when Matthew Chadwick returned victorious, confidence buoyed by the knowledge that the stable was set to send out warm favourites in the night’s remaining two races. But even then, Moore was calling for restraint
“We haven’t won it yet! I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch,” he said. “We’re level now and it’s going to go down to the wire – this is one hell of a trainer that I’m up against.”