True Grit (131lb) has been a fine servant to John Size this season and the four-year-old will attempt to win his fifth race on the bounce in the Class 3 Sweet Orange Handicap (1800m) at Happy Valley on Wednesday (10 July) night, in which John Moore is set to saddle Tashidelek (125lb).
The Size-trained galloper has climbed 27 points in the ratings since a breakthrough win at the Valley in April. His four wins at the track have all been at 1650m but the gelding steps up in trip off the back of a rail-hugging short-head win two weeks ago.
“True Grit is trying to win five in a row and I’ve always found that tough!” Size said. “The horse is fine, his condition seems fine; it’s just that when you aim for five in a row you can’t expect too much. I just hope he runs well and if he has any luck he might win, if not, he won’t.”