Hot King Prawn (130lb) will experience a Happy Valley race night for the first time on Wednesday (13 June), the talented grey’s assignment being the Class 2 Wong Nai Chung Gap Handicap (1200m).
The three-year-old is one of a raft of bright young talents in the John Size stable, having impressed with five wins down the Sha Tin straight (1000m), the latest three coming late last year. The Denman gelding’s perfect record ended when stepped up to 1200m at the big track on 29 April, but he still posted a highly-creditable performance in finishing second.
“It was a pretty good effort – it was a high-pressure race on a big day so I think he did well,” Size said of his charge’s most recent run on the Champions Day undercard.
That first attempt at 1200m saw Hot King Prawn race prominently under top-weight of 133lb, succumbing only to the late swoop of Wishful Thinker, an opponent in receipt of 17lb.
“The race was a pretty tough run for him, but he’s had plenty of time to get over it and he’s worked well since, he looks good so I think he’ll be ok. We’re looking forward to him going on from there. Hopefully, he’ll improve and get a little bit more strength,” Size said.
Zac Purton, holding a one-win lead in the jockeys’ premiership, will maintain his partnership with the rising star. The pair will break from gate one in the field of 12.