John Size has soared higher into Hong Kong racing’s stratosphere after the 11-time champion trainer posted his 1300th winner with Waikuku’s triumph in the HK$12 million G1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup – the world’s richest 1400m race.
Joining John Moore, who retired at the end of the 2019/2020 season with a record 1,735 victories, and Tony Cruz, who has amassed 1,329 wins, as the only trainers to have prepared 1,300 Hong Kong winners, Size continued an excellence which has become his trademark with Waikuku and Joao Moreira.
The six-year-old notched his second elite triumph after stalking main rival Southern Legend into the straight before easing to a one and a quarter length margin over Caspar Fownes’ charge. Mighty Giant was third.
In typically self-effacing style, Size attempted to deflect attention post-race as Moreira spoke glowingly about the Australian’s attention to detail and work ethic.
“It probably means I’ve been here a long time and I’m doing my job well,” Size said, reflecting on his move from Sydney to Hong Kong in 2001.
“Every achievement along the way in your career is meaningful.
“I couldn’t have imagined that in my wildest dreams. Obviously, it’s been a good move – very good for my career – and I hope is that I can do a good job for customers.”