7th Dec 2016
Master trainer and tactician John Size was at work again as Price Bloodstock’s promising Love Shock made it three wins from seven starts at Happy Valley midweek.
Love Shock as having his first run at the smaller, tighter tack after doing all his previous racing at Sha Tin but ridden more quietly by Joao Moreira, he pounced on the leaders with 200m to go and was impressive scoring by a clear margin.
“He’s normally been up on the speed at Sha Tin but for his first attempt here he found a race with plenty of pace and that was complicated further by a wide draw,” said Size. “Although he does have some pace, he can be a little bit ordinary out of the gates and it’s hard to get away with that here at Happy Valley if you try to go forward from a bad draw, so we took him back and he handled it well. The winner of the previous race had come from last down the middle of the track so it wasn’t impossible to do on the night and Love Shock finished his race very enthusiastically. He’s very consistent.”
The win pushed Love Shock’s earnings past $2 million and he has yet to miss a prizemoney cheque in his seven outings, and his rehandicap to a rating of 75 keeps him in Class Three where he looks a sure thing to win again in current form.