Ivan Allan yesterday played down rumours that all is not well with Fairy King Prawn, saying the dual Horse of the Year remains on course for the Hong Kong Mile next month. But he added that the son of Danehill is only '60-40' to take up his intended prep race in the Sprint Trial Trophy on November 25. Fairy King Prawn's well-being has been the subject of racecourse gossip since he failed to turn up for a scheduled appearance in a barrier trial nine days ago, but Allan said the rumours were exaggerated. 'He's always had problems with his legs, but he's fine at the moment and as far as I'm concerned he is still on course for the Hong Kong Mile. If there was a doubt I would make an announcement and let everyone know.' The International meeting is now just five weeks away, but Allan added: 'He isn't behind in his preparation at all, but he's a delicate horse and I don't want to stretch him at the moment because that might bring on the problems. I never like to give my horses too much work and they always do a lot of roadwork as well as trackwork. It doesn't mean there is a problem. I'd say Fairy King Prawn is 60-40 to run in the Sprint Trial Trophy at the moment and we'll probably make a decision later this week.' Allan also said he was 'happy' with Indigenous after putting the veteran through his paces with a racecourse gallop ahead of his tilt at the Japan Cup on November 25. Indigenous, who leaves for Japan on Thursday, worked on the racetrack before the start of yesterday's card, partnered by his intended big-race jockey Douglas Whyte. The eight-year-old covered one circuit in company with stablemates Aucash and Cheers Hong Kong and came home just in front after being pushed out by the champion jockey in the last 200 metres. The gallop was not overly impressive, but Allan said: 'He's not a morning glory, he never has been. Douglas was happy enough with the work, and so was I. Strangely enough, I think he is coming to himself again despite his age and I'm hopeful he'll run well. He has been running well over shorter distances, but the 2,400 metres in the Japan Cup is the minimum he needs nowadays.' Allan added that he had not made contingency jockey plans for the Group One race despite Whyte's availability hanging in the balance following the champion's decision to appeal the careless riding ban he picked up last weekend. With several high-ranking Hong Kong Jockey Club officials in Bangkok this week for the Asian Racing Conference, that appeal is unlikely to be heard until tomorrow week at the earliest, meaning that Whyte could be ruled out of the Japan trip if the ban is confirmed. Allan also said he was pleased with the progress of the 2000 Champions & Chater Cup winner Housemaster, another of his stable stars in the reckoning for the International meeting. The five-year-old, who has been plagued by injury problems, shaped well in a barrier trial last week and Allan reported: 'I'm pleased with him and he'll run in a 1,400-metre race next weekend. If he comes out of that OK, then we'll think about the International races. At this stage, I would say he's more likely to go for the Cup because 2,400 metres in the Vase might be stretching him a bit at the moment.'