Even the prospect of an uncharacteristic pace hasn't dimmed the confidence of jockey Brett Prebble as world champion Sacred Kingdom goes after the only major domestic short-course event to elude him in tomorrow's Kent & Curwen Centenary Sprint Cup. Last year, Sacred Kingdom finished fourth to Inspiration when returning from a long break after a fractured sesamoid, but the 1,000m event also saw Sacred Kingdom beaten at long odds-on two years ago when Prebble was aboard winner Absolute Champion. The small field of nine in the opening leg of the Hong Kong Speed Series is mostly made up of sprinters who prefer to be held up in their races, with only Ultra Fantasy and Dim Sum regularly going forward, but Prebble said a muddling tempo was not worrying him. 'To me the most important thing is the horse himself - his action is great, as free as it can be,' he said. 'The race might be run more Australian style with no really quick horses in it. 'At Sha Tin, they tend to go pretty quick through the middle of the 1,000m races, but in Australia it's different and they tend to sit up more. I don't think that would worry him if I can get him to switch off, but I'm mindful of the fact he can get a bit keen.' Prebble said Sacred Kingdom had travelled easily in his trial recently up the same course and had begun fast in the Hong Kong Sprint, but riding him close may not be the ideal option. 'He doesn't want to get to the front too soon these days or he just switches off, as he has in the two runs this season, even when he won the international race,' Prebble said. 'It could end up a fairly tactical race if they don't go along in front, but I'll have to deal with that on the run.' Hong Kong Sprint runner-up One World faces a similar challenge as he has been doing his best coming from the rear, but trainer John Moore was also talking up his prospects. 'He's a fairly turnkey horse and his work has been exceptional. Only the bad barrier beat him in the international and he'll still be running home in his strong sectionals,' Moore said.