Ousted sprinter Kingston Treasure is to continue his racing career in Australasia, but his syndicate of owners has not given up hope that he will one day return to Hong Kong in triumph. Kingston Treasure will leave the SAR on October 28, bound for quarantine in Australia and ultimately the stables of top New Zealand trainer Frank Ritchie - trainer of the Kiwi superstar of the 1980s, Bonecrusher, and the last man to train Kingston Treasure before he was imported to Hong Kong. Dr W.K. Lo, on behalf of the 'six crazy horse lovers' who make up the Kingston Town Syndicate, said yesterday that Kingston Treasure would start 'a new chapter in his career - hopefully a better chapter.' The high-class sprinter was banned from racing in Hong Kong last week following two raceday withdrawals due to misbehaviour, but Dr Lo added: 'It is too early to plan for it, but if Kingston Treasure can prove himself and if there was an opportunity to run in the International races then we would love to bring this horse back to show his ability before the eyes of Hong Kong fans.' Kingston Treasure's barring was a bitter blow to trainer Gary Ng Ting-keung, who had prepared the six-year-old grey for his comeback following a two-year layoff through injury. Ng said yesterday he would contact Ritchie to discuss the horse's idiosyncracies and was unsure when the horse might run. He said Kingston Treasure would undergo two weeks' quarantine in Hong Kong, then two weeks in Australia, before travelling to Ritchie's Auckland stables. Ritchie remembered Kingston Treasure well when contacted yesterday. 'He was originally with another trainer, but the owners asked me to trial him and assess his ability,' Ritchie said. 'He won a maiden trial easily and was just beaten in an open trial. He wanted to rip and tear a bit but I told them he had plenty of ability and would certainly win races. I didn't know he would turn out as good as he did but then I only had two trials to judge him.' The trainer expects Kingston Treasure's first aim could be the Group One Telegraph Handicap over 1,200 metres at Wellington late in January. 'My understanding is that he wouldn't arrive until December and then he'd need six weeks' work. There is a lot of expectation with a horse like this but I'm very happy to have him. His record is very good and he has beaten Fairy King Prawn, which says everything. I've spoken to the chief steward, who said Kingston Treasure would have to trial, but he didn't see any problem.' The New Zealand handicapper has suggested Kingston Treasure would be rated in the middle of the handicaps - about eight pounds below the current champion - for the Group One sprints. 'Assuming a standard strength field, the handicapper's rough guide was that he would have about 54.5kg [122 pounds] in a race like the Telegraph,' Ritchie said.