Lucky Nine was unable to add another Group 1 victory to his impressive racing resume in Australia during the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival but will have the chance to score his second Hong Kong Sprint victory at Sha Tin on Sunday after being included in the final field for the Group 1 event.
Lucky Nine took out the Group 2 Jockey Club Sprint (1200m), Group 1 The Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m) and Group 1 Krisflyer International Sprint (1200m) during his summer and autumn campaign and was sent to the spelling paddock in order to being preparations for a spring assault in Australia.
Trainer Casper Fownes said that Lucky Nine would not be at peak fitness in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on October 25 but he flew home late to finish a narrow second behind Buffering.
The six-year-old was well-backed in the lead-up to the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) and started the race as clear favourite but failed to accelerate when asked for an extra effort from jockey Brett Prebble and could only battle home to finish sixth.
Lucky Nine was found with a bit of soreness after the VRC Sprint Classic but has recovered well and produced scintillating piece of work at Sha Tin yesterday; with the champion sprinter now on the second line of 2013 Hong Kong Sprint betting markets $5.50.
The clear favourite at Hong Kong Sprint odds of $2.20 is Japanese spring sensation Lord Kanaloa who is aiming to join Falvelon (2000 and 2001) and Silent Witness (2003 and 2004) as the only back-to-back winners of the Group 1 event.
Lord Kanaloa has recorded six wins from ten career starts and has been victorious in the 2012 Group 1 Sprinters Stakes (1206m), 2012 Hong Kong Sprint, Group 1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen (1206m), the 2013 Group 1 Yasuda Kinen (1609m) and the 2013 Sprinter Stakes (1206m).
The King Kamehameha entire defeated Lucky Nine by three and a half lengths in their only previous meeting in the Hong Kong Sprint and is the shortest price runner on the entire Hong Kong International Raceday card at Sha Tin this weekend.
Charles The Great ($8.50) and Sterling City ($9) are the only other runners in the Hong Kong Sprint betting that are available at single-figure odds, while there has been a sprinkling of support for Sole Power ($12) and Slade Power ($13).
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