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Lucky Nine’s first Hong Kong win came at his third local start, winning a Class Three over 1,200m on the Sha Tin turf in May 2010.
His next start saw him win another Class Three over 1,200m, this time in a canter on the Sha Tin all-weather track in June 2010.
He stepped up to Class One on the dirt where he was just edged out by Hong Kong Sprint runner-up.
He finished his first Hong Kong season with a Class One win in early July, 2010.
The start of the 2010-11 season also saw the start of one of Hong Kong racing’s most successful partnerships - that between Brett Prebble and Lucky Nine when the horse won the Chief Executive’s Cup.
Owner Chang Fuk-to receives the Chief Executive’s Cup from then-chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen.
Lucky Nine then won his first stakes race, the Group Three National Day Cup over 1,400m.
From November 2010 until his retirement in February 2016, Lucky Nine only raced outside Group One or Group Two company once - when he contested the 2015 Chief Executive’s Cup.
Lucky Nine’s first major came in the Hong Kong Classic Mile in 2011.
Caspar Fownes celebrates Lucky Nine’s win in the Classic Mile.
Already, Lucky Nine was one of the more popular horses in Hong Kong, with flags a common sight on racetracks.
Lucky Nine did not win in three further runs in 2010-11, although he did finish second to Xtension in the Champions Mile.
Lucky Nine’s first trip away came with a sprint sojourn to Japan at the beginning of the 2011-12 season.
Lucky Nine had two runs in Japan, his best effort a narrow second to A Shin Virgo in the Group Two Centaur Stakes at Hanshin.
He returned to Hong Kong for arguably his best win, his determined victory in a three-way finish to the 2011 Hong Kong Sprint.
Another major came in the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup in 2012, where Lucky Nine fought on gamely to hold off Glorious Days.
Brett Prebble rode Lucky Nine 38 times for 10 wins, six seconds and five thirds.
Lucky Nine was headed abroad again, this time to Dubai where he finished third to Krypton Factor.
Lucky Nine again proved his ability with a win in the Group Two Jockey Club Sprint - which, at that time, was one of only two sprints open to international competition in Hong Kong.
Brett Prebble’s wild celebrations were a much-loved feature of Lucky Nine’s career.
Another Group One came in the form of the Chairman’s Sprint Prize in February 2013 - another race the son of Dubawi won two years in a row.
A tender moment shared between Caspar Fownes and Lucky Nine after his win in the 2013 Chairman’s Sprint Prize.
Brett Prebble spent plenty of time with Lucky Nine in the mornings, labelling him his favourite galloper.
In what was seemingly the twilight of his career, though, Lucky Nine blossomed, taking the first of two KrisFlyer Sprints in Singapore in May 2013.
Connections celebrate his first victory in the now-defunct KrisFlyer Sprint.
His sixth Group One came with his second victory in the Chairman’s Sprint Prize in February 2014.
Lucky Nine was a crowd favourite, both for his tough nature and for his longevity.
Team Lucky Nine - jockey Brett Prebble and trainer Caspar Fownes.
Lucky Nine was off on his travels again, this time back to Singapore for a crack at a second KrisFlyer Sprint.
Lucky Nine wins a second KrisFlyer in May 2014. It was to be his 13th and final win for Fownes.
One of the more enduring images of Lucky Nine’s career was Brett Prebble’s joyful leap after winning a second KrisFlyer Sprint.
Caspar Fownes made the trek to Kranji despite ending up in hospital earlier in the week.
Lucky Nine’s owner Dr Chang Fuk-to produced one of the more memorable speeches at an awards ceremony when he imitated his horse as he accepted the Champion Sprinter title for 2013-14 - with Lucky Nine a seven-year-old.
While Lucky Nine was beyond his better days, he was still competitive, as he showed with his closing third behind Aerovelocity and Gold-Fun in the 2015 Chairman’s Sprint Prize.
One of his final track gallops ahead of the Centenary Sprint Cup, a race he ultimately missed. The 2015 Hong Kong Sprint was to be his final run, finishing 10th behind Peniaphobia.