Hot King Prawn continued his ascent through the grades with a convincing performance in the Class 2 Wong Nai Chung Gap Handicap (1200m) at Happy Valley Racecourse tonight (Wednesday, 13 June), a win that helped jockey Zac Purton draw five clear in the title race.
“It’s a nice spot to be in,” the Australian said after pulling off a four-timer that took him to 121 wins for the term. Premiership rival Joao Moreira drew a blank from eight rides.
Purton had found himself to be in another nice spot when the John Size-trained Hot King Prawn broke sharply from gate one in the penultimate contest, settling in front of his 11 rivals. Never headed, the talented three-year-old galloped on down the home straight to a two and a quarter-length success at odds of 1.3. That took the grey’s career record to six wins from seven starts.
“It was painless,” Purton said. “The first 150 metres of the race was the most important and once he got out like he did we were in the right place. I just helped him get around this track and obviously he’s got a bit of class on the rest as well.”
The Caspar Fownes-trained Seven Heavens ran on for a smart second at odds of 43/1. The Frankel four-year-old was having his fifth Hong Kong start.