Size Confident of Successful Hong Kong Mile Defence for Glorious Days

December 11th, 2014

Charging home to win the 2013 edition of the feature race, trainer John Size believes talented gelding Glorious Days is a far-better horse in 2014 and is confident of a successful defence of his Group 1 Hong Kong Mile (1600m) crown at Sha Tin Racecourse this weekend.

Appearing on course just three times this year, Glorious Days ran seventh in the Group 1 Steward’s Cup (1600m) on January 19th, returning in May for fourth in the Group 1 Champions Mile (1600m) and a credible sixth amongst classy competition in the Group 1 Yasuda Kinen (1609m) in Japan on June 8th.

Thrilled with the work completed by the Hussonet gelding in recent weeks, Size is confident Glorious Days’ experience will count for a lot in the 2014 Hong Kong Mile.

“He seems OK, he’s healthy and well and he’s sound,” Size said.

“He’s done everything that we’ve wanted him to. It’s always problematical to know exactly where you are with them without racing them but he’s run well fresh a few times and I’d be happy if he does the same again.

Claiming eight wins and a further six minor places from his 20 competitive starts so far, Glorious Days began his racing career under the guidance of kiwi trainer Stephen McKee in 2011 before transferring to the care of Size after just once competitive start.”He looks exactly the same but he’s a year older and I’ve constantly got that thought in my mind as to if I have to make any adjustment because of that. His energy levels can’t be as high as they were when he was a four-year-old but he’s still the same horse, it’s just up to me to produce the horse on the day.”

A standout over his maiden Hong Kong preparation through 2012, the gelding out of San Century was unlucky not to break through for a maiden victory at the highest level; finishing second in both the Group 1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m) and Group 1 Champions Mile (1600m) most notably.

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