Weichong Marwing has been chosen as the new rider of Fairy King Prawn following Robbie Fradd's sacking a week ago after his controversial defeat aboard the Ivan Allan-trained superstar in Dubai. Marwing is set to take up the reins on Fairy King Prawn in the Chairman's Sprint at Sha Tin on April 22, when he is also likely to ride Indigenous for Allan in the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup. And the South African will also be asked to partner Fairy King Prawn when he bids for a repeat victory in the Group One Yasuda Kinen in Japan on June 3. Allan said yesterday: 'Philip Lau, Fairy King Prawn's owner, and I had a meeting on Friday concerning Fairy King Prawn's remaining races for the season and the replacement jockey. As Marwing will be invited to ride Indigenous in the QEII Cup, his services will be available for Fairy King Prawn. And if Fairy King King Prawn contests the Yasuda Kinen, he could also partner the horse.' Eric Saint-Martin had been widely regarded as favourite to take over the ride on Fairy King Prawn, but Allan is a known admirer of Marwing, who was part of the trainer's team in Dubai where he partnered the unplaced Indigenous in the Sheema Classic. The South African jockey has also done well in Lau's famous pink colours in the past, having forged a successful partnership with the owner's promising youngster Jeune King Prawn. Allan also explained the thinking behind the decision to drop Fairy King Prawn back to sprinting following defeats on his latest two outings in the Hong Kong Gold Cup over 2,000 metres and the 1,800-metre Dubai Duty Free. 'In view of Fairy King Prawn's long campaign, it was decided to drop him back to the Chairman's Sprint over 1,200 metres rather than the QEII Cup over 2,000 metres. Also, I want to freshen him up to programme him for a second attempt at the Yasuda Kinen, similar to last year's schedule.' Fairy King Prawn's latest win from his six starts this season came over 1,000 metres in the Bauhinia Sprint Trophy, the first leg of the Champion Sprint Series, on January 26. The Chairman's Sprint concludes the three-race series, and Allan added: 'Another reason for running Fairy King Prawn in the Chairman's Sprint is that, having won one leg of the series, he is eligible for an $800,000 bonus if he wins another.' Fairy King Prawn's rivals in the Chairman's Sprint are likely to include the Tony Cruz-trained King Of Danes, who will also be chasing the bonus following his impressive victory in last month's Centenary Sprint Cup - the middle leg of the series. King Of Danes claimed Fairy King Prawn's scalp earlier in the season in the Sprint Trial Trophy, when he received 22 pounds from Allan's star, but he was well beaten at level weights in the Bauhinia Sprint Trophy. Marwing's call-up for the ride on Fairy King Prawn is a remarkable turnaround for the highly-rated jockey, who returned to South Africa two months ago following the breakdown of his retainership with Tony Millard and the Licensing Committee's refusal to allow him to stay on as a Club rider. Ironically, the Lau-owned Jeune King Prawn had been at the centre of Marwing's dispute with Millard, who was unwilling to allow the jockey to forego his stable commitments to partner the promising three-year-old for trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fie. Until his departure in early February, Marwing had been riding high in the Hong Kong jockey standings with 28 winners. He was lying third in the table, seven behind leader Douglas Whyte and one behind reigning champion Fradd. The ride on Fairy King Prawn became available a week ago when Fradd was sacked for what Allan described as 'blatant disregard of riding instructions'. Fairy King Prawn lost by a neck to Jim And Tonic in the Dubai Duty Free after Fradd was almost last on the home turn despite Allan's instruction to take up a handy position in the US$2 million race. That defeat followed Fradd's earlier sixth-place finish on the son of Danehill in the Gold Cup, when Allan said the jockey had also got too far back in the field.