Fairy King Prawn Wins Again

Australian-bred Fairy King Prawn is being hailed as Hong Kong's greatest ever performer after beating a crack field of sprinters to the Group One Bauhinia Sprint Trophy at Sha Tin yesterday.

Breeder Catherine Remond will offer a Marauding half-brother to Fairy King Prawn and Group One winner Easy Rocking at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale in April.

The Ivan Allen-trained Danehill star will target the Hong Kong Gold Cup (2000m) on March 3, followed by a trip to Dubai three weeks later where he will contest the Group two $US2 million Dubai Duty Free (1800m).

Fairy King Prawn won the coveted Group One Yasuda Kinen in Tokyo last year before finishing second by the narrowest margin to Sunline in the Group One Hong Kong Mile in December.

The $180,000 Inglis Easter graduate will step up from yesterday's 1000m win to an ambitious 2000m.

``We don't know whether he will get 2,000 metres, but I think he will handle it well,'' Allen told the South China Morning Post.

``He will go for the Gold Cup and then probably to Dubai, but it depends on the travel arrangements because that race is only three weeks after the Gold Cup. As I've said before, Hong Kong racing comes first.''

Fairy King Prawn beat Kenwood Melody by three-quarters of a length with Cliffhanger, also prepared by Allen, third.

Fairy King Prawn and Easy Rocking are both from stakes winning Twig Moss mare Twiglet, along with unraced three-year-old filyl Dora Maar.

Dora Maar was retained by Remond and is under the tutelage of Ron Quinton, who also trains Easy Rocking.

Easy Rocking is set to resume in the Group One Lightning Stakes on February 10.

He captured the Group One Salinger Stakes at his last appearnce on November 4 at Flemington, bringing his earnings to $855,635 with five wins and eight placings from 18 starts.

The South China Morning Post's senior racing writer Lawrence Wadey reported: ``The Prawn is racing's Tiger Woods, soccer's Rivaldo, Zinedine and David Beckham all rolled into one; he is this sport's Michael Schumacher and Lennox Lewis. In the contest of Hong Kong, he's a sporting colossus.

``He's indisputably the best seen since the legendary River Verdon.''