Jockey Brett Prebble put himself into rare company when he became just the third rider in Hong Kong history to reach 800 winners after taking Sunday’s feature at Sha Tin, the Class 1 Singapore Turf Club Trophy Handicap (1200m), aboard Amazing Kids.
Prebble, who has been based in Hong Kong for more than 15 years, joined legends Douglas Whyte (1774) and Tony Cruz (946) as an 800-win rider when guiding the John Size-trained Amazing Kids (133lb) to a tough half-length win.
I really enjoy riding for him, especially on Amazing Kids, so to bring up that mark on this horse means a lot.”
The son of Falkirk was a two-time G3 winner last season, scored his first win for the term in the Singapore Turf Club Trophy. “He’s very honest anyway but that might just give him that confidence to find an extra half-length up in grade.
He continued: “Today, at the 400m, it was a matter of when I wanted to win the race. He got there, but his run probably ended a bit early, plus he had more than 20 pounds’ difference with the runner-up. He is an amazing horse.
Size, who saddled up a treble at Sha Tin on Sunday with Remarkable and Calculation also victorious, said it hadn’t been all smooth sailing for Amazing Kids since he finished a last-start fifth in the Gr.1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) in December.
“He had a temperature and was quite sick and missed about a fortnight of work,” he said. “Today, he was a Group 1 horse in a handicap. The weight didn’t seem to have much of an effect.”
Amazing Kids has a number of potential options; he could continue on a domestic campaign geared towards the Gr.1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m) on 29 April, while he also holds an entry for the Gr.1 Al Quoz Sprint (1200m) in Dubai on 31 March.
However, Size would not be drawn on where he would head next: “I have a plan with him, but I will see how he pulls up tomorrow.”