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Hot King Prawn returns in the Jockey Club Sprint

Steve Bennett in News 15 Nov 2019
  • Hot King Prawn heads a crack field for the Jockey Sprint
Hot King Prawn

Hot King Prawn returns to the track after almost 12 months and heads a star-studded line up in the Group Two Jockey Club Sprint (1200m).

It was this time last year, the John Size-trained gelding crossed the line first in this very race, beating home Mr Stunning and Beat The Clock, who are just two of the rivals he faces here again.

The son of Denman had a perfect record last preparation after securing victory in that race, which brought up his fourth straight win for that campaign until he finished unplaced in the Group One HK Sprint.

He hasn’t raced since, and developed an illness in February that led to an operation that saw him spend 49 weeks in the spelling paddock.

John Size

He returned to trackwork in August and has placed in all four barrier trials leading up to this event where Size has been more than happy with his efforts.

“He had a long time off because of his colic operation, but he hasn’t shown me that he is any different from before – he seems the same, he does everything similarly to when he was last racing,” Size said.
“His trials have been sound, so we’ll probably find out on race day, when the pressure comes on, whether he can handle it or not but he hasn’t shown us anything untoward.”

The five-year-old grey heads a strong representation from the John Size stables with Beat The Clock, D B Pin, Ivictory and Full Of Beauty taking their place in the field, all of who are capable of taking this out.

Whilst the lightly-raced gelding has racked up nine wins form his eleven starts, he has a star-studded line up of gallopers who will be out for a slice of glory themselves.

Among the list of challengers is the Frankie Lor-trained Mr Stunning who won the Group One HK Sprint (1200m) at his last start, finishing more than four lengths ahead of Hot Kong Prawn that day. 

The Exceed And Excel seven-year-old is also resuming from a long break (32 weeks) but has returned in good touch, winning both trials he has contested.

Another runner well and truly in contention is Regency Legend who will be ridden by the Premiership winning Zac Purton, who is three from three on the Pins gelding.

The Danny Shum-trained four-year-old has won six of his seven career starts and is unbeaten at Sha Tin, where he has been victorious in all four runs at the track and distance.

His last start performance puts him right in contention here where he beat a strong field at Class 1 level over 1200m, running the trip in 1:08.7.

The classy John Moore-trained Aethero also takes his place at the gates and is the only three-year-old in the field.

The promising son of Sebring has won four of his five starts and currently holds the Sha Tin track record for the 1000m trip.

This will be his first attempt at Group level but with just 51.5kgs to carry, jockey Karis Teetan will have him in a challenging position at some stage.

Throw in Group One winners Pakistan Star and Ivictory and you have yourself one very competitive Jockey Club Sprint.

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Hot King Prawn returns in the Jockey Club Sprint

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