The New Zealand-bred Ocean Park gelding raced fifth along the fence, shifted out at the top of the straight and wound up into a raking run that took him to the lead 250m out. The near 1300lb bay kept on gamely to win by half a length.
“He’s a bit big so he needs momentum and he had that today, it helped him to win,” Moreira continued. “It’s hard to predict where he’ll get to ratings-wise but the improvement he’s shown means he’s pointing up.”
Moreira kicked off his quintet with an easy six-length win aboard the John Moore-trained Above in the Class 4 Tai Hang Tung Handicap (2000m), and then sealed the Class 3 Lai Kok Handicap (1200m) on the Danny Shum-trained Fantasy.
He capped the day with a sublime score aboard the Size-trained Shining Ace (118lb) in the finale, the Class 2 Chak On Handicap (1200m), stealing a march and holding the talented pair of Computer Patch (126lb) and Transcendent (120lb) in the minor placings.
“John (Size) and I had in the back of our minds that he won on a softer surface and we thought he would handle it, but he actually handled it better than we thought. It was an impressive win and the handicapper is probably going to hammer him but he deserves to win like that,” Moreira said.
“John has done a great job with yet another horse, he’s got him up in his rating and he’s won impressively in Class 2.”
Size’s treble today was his first such score this term, his last three-timer came on 25 May last year, when Shining Ace was again one of his winners on the day. The 11-time champion trainer’s haul took him to 33 overall this term, 12 behind premiership leader Ricky Yiu.