Lucky Quality in sparkling order for desert showdown
Lucky Quality arrived safely in Dubai yesterday morning after an event-free overnight flight from Hong Kong and the countdown now begins towards the US$2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (1,200m) on the World Cup undercard at Nad Al Sheba racecourse in 11 days.
Lucky Quality looked in outstanding order as he was loaded onto a Jockey Club float on Sunday night, beginning a journey that trainer Me Tsui Yu-sak hopes will see him become Hong Kong's latest international Group One winner.
'I gave him a few days off after his last race to brighten him up a bit, but since then it's been back to work and he's really pleased me,' Tsui said yesterday.
Lucky Quality overshadowed all the Group One horses last Thursday with an electrifying piece of work on the all-weather track, rushing over 800m in 45.3 seconds, the final 400m in 21.7 seconds, handing out a comfortable beating to Australian private purchase Brom Brom.
'The way we've tried to approach this trip is to have him fully fit and ready when he leaves, then just keep him ticking over once we get to Dubai,' Tsui said.
'That last piece of work, as far as I am concerned, shows the horse is very well in himself.
'The main thing now is to keep condition on him, to have him feeling good and feeling happy,' he added.
Lucky Quality, a son of the brilliant dirt racer turned proven sire, Elusive Quality, has been one of the finds of the season.
He began the new term in Class Four and has rocketed his way through the grades, winning initially on turf but finding even more impressive form when switched to the all-weather track.
His season scoresheet reads seven starts for five wins, an unlucky second (after missing the start by four lengths) and one out-of-character run when last behind Enthused in the International Sprint Trial on turf.
The Dubai Golden Shaheen is decided over a straight 1,200m course on dirt and is typically won by one of the top American sprinters.
Tsui said he would fly to Dubai next Wednesday to put the finishing touches to Lucky Quality's preparation. 'I have one of my best stablehands and his usual work rider with the horse now, so he's in good hands,' Tsui said.
Flamboyant Frenchman Olivier Doleuze who has been on Lucky Quality in four of his wins this season, will take the mount in Dubai.