The Australian Hall of Famer (John Size) has two three-year-olds returning to the fray on Wednesday night (10 July) at Happy Valley. Tornado Twist was last seen running third at the end of May, while Special Stars was given some downtime after placing fifth on his last start back in early April.
Tornado Twist (123lb) is set to contest a hot finale, the Class 2 Sun Jewellery Handicap (1200m), in which John Moore will oppose with Sunny Boy (120lb).
“Tornado Twist has continued to work, he just hasn’t had the racing,” Size said. “He’s a back-marker so he needs a bit of luck because he doesn’t come out of the gates that well.”
Sunny Boy made a belated Hong Kong debut in April and opened his account the following month before finishing a good second last time. He heads to Happy Valley for the first time.
“I bought him as a Class 1 horse to compete at Group level,” Moore said, “but being the big boy he is, we had setbacks in front and behind. It took painstaking time to right the ship but now he’s right. I think he’ll be very hard to beat.”
Special Stars returns for Size in the Class 3 Let Me Fight Handicap (1000m), having failed to make the frame in four starts since a course and distance win in January.
“Special Stars looked a bit tired so I gave him some time off,” the trainer said. “He looks in pretty good condition, it’s just that he’s first-up off a break and these horses have been racing. It’s a 1000-metre race at Happy Valley and they go so quick that probably the horses that have got a race into them have some advantage.”