The luck of the draw went Tajasur's way as he beat stablemate Fairy King Prawn by a fast diminishing neck to lift the end-of-season Sprint Championship, the Chairman's Prize, at Sha Tin yesterday. The Queen Elizabeth II and Gold Cup hero Industrialist showed his versatility by staying on for third, but was a further 2.75 lengths away as the first two stamped their authority all over this $4.3 million, 1,200-metre finale to the Sprint Triple Crown. Trainer Ivan Allan, six-handed in the 12-runner field, emerged with the quinella and is now looking forward to two Japanese forays with these top Class One performers. Tajasur, ridden by Basil Marcus and owned by Hong Kong Jockey Club steward Henry Tang Ying-yen, will not race again this season. Instead, the five-year-old son of Imperial Frontier is to be prepared for the US$2 million Sprint Champion Stakes at Japan's Fuyi racetrack in early September. Fairy King Prawn has a more immediate date at a Tokyo racecourse as he is now a confirmed runner in the valuable Yasuda Kinen over a mile on June 10. Allan, delighted after yet another big-race success, confirmed: 'That will be it for Tajasur for the season. Next September we will be aiming him for the big sprint in Japan. He's good and he can improve a bit more, I'm sure of that.' Tajasur spoiled his chance on his Hong Kong debut by rearing as the gates opened. The incident led to fractured nasal bones but clearly no long-term damage and last Wednesday he all but barrelled Allan over when having a bit of gate practice. Allan went on: 'My only concern is that he will have to improve his barrier habits before Japan as there they must all load in turn. But he's already getting better in the stalls and I'm confident he'll be all right by the time the race comes along. His problem seems to be that the bars on the front gates make him anxious so we blindfold him once he's in the stalls, then he's OK.' Allan bought Tajasur in England from the leading trainer John Dunlop, having been given a shortlist of seven horses via bloodstock agent Anthony Stroud's operation. Stroud was formerly racing manager to Sheikh Mohammed but is now an independent agent. 'We looked at a few and couldn't buy a couple of them, then we came across this fellow. He'd been owned by the Maktoums as a two-year-old when he'd suffered a bit of back trouble. John Dunlop bought him from them and then we bought him from Dunlop. We had him thoroughly vetted, he was over his problems and now he's come right and I'm sure there's more improvement to come.' Fairy King Prawn, partnered by Robbie Fradd, was trapped wide throughout from gate 11 in contrast to Tajasur who, from gate one, had the perfect sit behind the pace-setting Plenty-Plenty and No Money No Honey. Fairy King Prawn had his momentum checked when Industrialist moved out off the apex of the bottom turn at which time Marcus was cranking up Tajasur, who slipped clear at the top of the straight. 'He's really good at 1,200 metres and I imagine he's going to be sensational at 1,000 metres. He's also gutsy. He heard the other horse coming and really dug deep,' said Marcus. Allan was also delighted by Fairy King Prawn's effort in coming second and is convinced he's now looking for farther. 'To come from where he did was a very, very good effort. You'd have to think he's looking for more ground. All being well he will run in the Yasuda Kinen where the mile should suit.' Allan had earlier initiated a double when the Fradd-ridden Victory Drum, backed from 8-1 to 4-1, ran clean away with the fourth event. There was also a double for the promising seven-pound claimer Howard Cheng. He was on the mark with the impressive sprinter Spring Miles for retaining trainer David Hayes in the fifth event before overcoming trouble in running to get Brian Kan Ping-chee's Happy Forever home by a head from Naturally Money in the seventh.