Excellent Proposal contests the HK$3.7 million G3 Centenary Vase Handicap (1800m) on Sunday and Size hopes a step up in distance from 1400m will prove decisive.
“His best performance is 1600m when he won the Classic Mile but he did run well in the 1800m (Hong Kong Classic Cup) and the (BMW Hong Kong) Derby in the Four-Year-Old Classic Series,” Size said.
“(On) Sunday, he’s got an 1800m race that looks like it’s got a decent tempo with two leaders there in Ka Ying Star and Reliable Team and hopefully he can relax the first half of the race and run home.”
G3 January Cup Handicap (1800m) winner Zebrowski (113lb) is among Excellent Proposal’s rivals at the weekend and will be ridden by Matthew Poon for Caspar Fownes.
“He’s been good, he remains in good form. Obviously, the handicap conditions again are going to suit him for this race and I’m happy with him,” Fownes said.
“We’re trying to get his rating up as high as we can, he’s the type of horse that – towards the end of the season – could play into his hands quite nicely.
“He’s a nice, progressive horse and he just keeps improving. He’s raced very consistently since day one and long may it continue.”
Shinn partners Panfield for Tony Millard.
“He’s a quality horse, I was delighted with his trial. He’s obviously a Group 1 winner and probably the best stayer in Hong Kong so I’m rapt to be riding him,” Shinn said.
“He should be very competitive, he’s an ultra-consistent horse and a horse like him, you can’t discount him in any race.”
Australian jockeys Daniel Moor and Luke Currie will have their first taste of Hong Kong racing this Sunday after completing their three-week quarantine.
Moor rides Celestial Warrior, Fortune Hero, Mr Aldan and Sunny Boy, while Currie partners Miracle Victory, Red Brick Fighter and Swot Troopers Wind.
Sunday’s (30 January) meeting kicks off with the Class 4 Tathong Channel Handicap (1200m) at 1pm.