Bel Sprinter and Lucky Nine To Have Hong Kong Rematch

Australian speedster Bel Sprinter will have to wait a while but is likely to get a chance to exact revenge on Lucky Nine after running second to the classy Hong Kong sprinter in the Group 1 2013 KrisFlyer International Sprint (1200m) on Sunday.

Bel Sprinter lost no admirers when second in Singapore on Sunday. Photo: Steve Hart.

Despite a three-length margin between the pair, trainer Jason Warren was thrilled with his stable star’s performance in Singapore and is looking forward to taking him overseas for a rematch later this year.

After his first international journey went so well, Warren has spoken of his interest in tackling Lucky Nine on his home turf in the Group 1 2013 Hong Kong International Sprint (1200m) in December.

There is also the slight possibility that Lucky Nine trainer Caspar Fownes will bring his charge to Australia for the $1 million Patinack Farm Classic at the 2013 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

“I’ll look forward to seeing him again in December, if not sooner,” Warren told Racing Victoria.

While Lucky Nine was clearly the better horse on the day, it is likely the margin would have been closer if not for some serious bad luck.

Bel Sprinter was typically slow out of the gates and also received a check on the turn which caused him to lose ground before storming home for second.

“It may not have been the difference between winning and losing but he should have been closer,” jockey Hugh Bowman said of the interference.

“He’s run a terrifically good race.”

Warren said Bel Sprinter had “done Australia proud” and will now spell him in preparation for a spring campaign.

With Black Caviar retired, the son of Bel Esprit forms part of a big crop vying for the title of the nation’s best sprinter. He has won seven of 16 starts and claimed his first Group 1 win in The Galaxy in March.

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