John Size will resist temptation with emerging talent Hot King Prawn after the grey remained unbeaten with his fourth effortless win in a row in the Class 3 Middle Handicap (1000m) at Sha Tin on Sunday (3 December).
As a three-year-old, Hot King Prawn is eligible for the Griffin Trophy over 1400m on 23 December, where he would be treated favourably at the weights against horses rated far below him. This was the same race in which Pakistan Star scored his last win late last year.
However, Size said Hot King Prawn – who is yet to race beyond 1000m – is now unlikely to be seen again until the last few months of the season after his win as 1.4 favourite at Sha Tin on Sunday.
“I think he’d probably win the Griffin Trophy, but I’m not going to go against my usual training patterns just to win one race,” Size said. “I’m a bit too conservative for that. There’s no point extending him out in distance just because the race is there.
“He’s facing Class 2 now, so I’d say the likelihood is I give him a break before I attack Class 2. I would like to give him a few months to develop a bit more. I’d say the only way he races again in the next couple of months is if I can find an easy Class 2, and as we just saw, there’s not many of them,” Size added after his House Of Fun was edged out in the day’s Class 2 event.