Hot King Prawn has washed away months of frustration and doubt with an emphatic performance to claim his first G1 crown with victory in the Centenary Sprint Cup (1200m) at Sha Tin.
Placed three times at elite level, the enigmatic grey delivered in copybook style for Joao Moreira to provide trainer John Sjze with his fourth consecutive triumph in the feature, having previously won with D B Pin (2018) and Beat The Clock (2019 & 2020).
Regency Legend (Antoine Hamelin) charged from well back in the field to snatch second ahead of Big Party (Karis Teetan).
Having nursed Hot King Prawn back from life-threatening colic in 2019, the sight of the steely grey cruising to clear-cut victory after stalking the speed set by Voyage Warrior brought immense satisfaction to Size, who continues an irresistible mid-season surge.
“There was some frustration previously that he hasn’t won a Group 1 but in fairness he has run into some very smart horses in the last two or three years,” Size said, referring to the Denman gelding’s previous six G1 attempts.
“He was able to do his best today.
“You couldn’t have written the script any more perfectly and Joao did exactly what was expected and so did the horse and he had an easy win.
“He always gives his best.”