|Former leading Sydney
trainer John Size is continuing his charge up the premiership table in Hong Kong by
climbing to fifth place overnight.
With a winning
double at the Happy Valley meeting last night Size brought up winner number 30, to be just
eight behind the ladder leader Tony Cruz.
Size is now just one win behind fellow Australian trainer
David Hayes. The early premiership leader, Hayes has 31 wins, two fewer than Ivan Allan
(33) and the same as Derek Cruz (31).
The first of the wins last night for Size came when South
Australian jockey Dwayne Dunn rode home Winmark to win the fourth race of the card, the
Rambler Channel Class 4 Handicap (1650m).
Winmark, a New Zealand bred by Yachtie, was too strong for
Country Dragon winning by a half length. Fellow Aussie hoop Michael Cahill was third in
the same race aboard Viking Dancer.
Size's double was completed two races later when Shane Dye
guided Darwin home to win the Lei Yeu Mun Handicap (1650m) for Class Three gallopers.
A son of Defensive Play, Darwin bolted in by three and a
quarter lengths over Longmark.
Dwayne Dunn came close to giving David Hayes a winner on
the card when the Hayes trained Crocker finished second in the final race on the seven
event program. The Yui trained and Saint-Martin ridden Victory Marble won the last by a
Eric Saint-Martin finished then night with a lucky pick up
double. Saint-Martin won the fifth event aboard the Tony Cruz trained Super Fast (beating
Michael Cahill's mount Glory Hero by three quarters of a length) as well as the last after
picking up the rides when leading rider Weichong Marwing was indisposed.
Shane Dye remains locked together with Marwing on 36 wins,
nine fewer than the premiership leader Douglas Whyte (45). Dwayne Dunn is sixth with 24
wins, only one behind the fifth placed Robbie Fradd (25).
Fradd is one of two riders currently suspended as
investigations continue into local corruption.