Hot King Prawn will bid to seize the moment when he takes his chance in the Chairman’s Sprint Prize at Sha Tin On Sunday.
The six-furlong Group One promises to be on one of the highlights of FWD Champions Day and the eagerly-anticipated showdown with Aethero and Voyage Warrior will be live on Sky Sports Racing.
Trained by John Size, Hot King Prawn is a model of consistency, but a top-level success has yet to come his way.
“At the moment this is an opportunity for him to win a big one – he’s done everything right going into the race so hopefully he gives it a good shake,” Size said.
“He just goes out there and does his job, you always know what you’re going to get and his consistency hopefully pays off one day and he can win a Group One.
“He’s always pretty consistent at what he does – he doesn’t change much and he’s been strong for a few months now. He’s had a bit of racing this season but hopefully he can stand up to it and he gets his chance here to win a big race.”
‘Magic Man’ Joao Moreira takes the ride again, and the pair will break from stall one against 10 rivals.
“Now is the time – I think he’s mature enough, although he might still have one more go next season but I would say that he is at his prime at the moment and that’s one of the reasons why I’m going to the races with confidence,” Moreira said.
“He’s been so consistent and he has proven himself to be a good horse and unfortunately a number of times he has bumped into better horses in some of the races.”
Neither Size nor Moreira are phased by the prospect of soft ground.
“It may even suit him even better, I remember a number of races he has won on the surface and he just floated on top of it, so even if it does keep on raining it might even be a benefit,” Moreira said.
Size said: “I think he’s all right – he hasn’t missed any racing so he’s pretty fit which is a factor on the wet track and the times that he’s been on any sort of ground that hasn’t been fast he’s managed it well, so I wouldn’t be concerned about any of that.”