Championship-leading trainer John Size is placing his faith in Scores Of Fun’s exceptional resilience as the sprinter shapes to bid for ultimate glory in the DBS x Manulife Million Challenge at Happy Valley on Wednesday night (24 February).
The four-year-old will line up for his 12th start of the season when he contests the Class 3 Sing Woo Handicap (1200m), hopeful of adding to an impressive 2020/21 haul of three wins, five seconds and a third and prizemoney of HK$4,023,750.
If the Reward For Effort gelding is again successful, and Grateful Heart finishes outside of the top two in the Class 1 Blue Pool Handicap (1200m) two races earlier on the night, Scores Of Fun will clinch the DBS x Manulife Millions Challenge – and the HK$650,000 first prize.
Grateful Heart (66) holds a nine-point lead over Scores Of Fun (57) heading into the final round of the series.
Under the points format of 15 for the win, six for second, four for third and three for fourth, it is mathematically possible for both Scores Of Fun (if he won) and Grateful Heart (if he ran second) to finish on 72 points.
Under that scenario, Grateful Heart would claim overall victory from Scores Of Fun because he will have posted more victories – four to Scores Of Fun’s two so far – in the competition.
Size and Grateful Heart’s trainer Danny Shum have claimed four of the past five the DBS x Manulife Millions Challenges and Size is hopeful Scores Of Fun can prevail after triumphing at the city circuit last Wednesday.