Lucky Nine

How Berry and Prebble put 'Magic Man' Moreira in his place

Tommy Berry's ride on Designs on Rome in the Classic Cup was the difference between winning and losing, as it played to the disadvantages of hot favourite Able Friend (Joao Moreira). Photo: Kenneth Chan

Two great feature-race winning rides – full of character but very different in nature – by Tommy Berry and Brett Prebble consigned new golden boy Joao Moreira to his own test of character on a memorable Sunday at Sha Tin.

Monday, 17 February, 2014, 9:25pm

Lucky Nine defies niggles to win an emotional second Chairman's Sprint Prize

Caspar Fownes and Brett Prebble show their admiration for Lucky Nine after his tenacious victory in the Chairman's Sprint Prize. Photo: Kenneth Chan

With a coat that had him looking like a woolly mammoth, an injured leg too sensitive to touch and a misshapen hoof, Lucky Nine looked unlikely to run in the Chairman's Sprint Prize.

16 Feb 2014 - 10:39pm

Fownes' Nine looks for some of his old luck in Chairman's Sprint Prize

Lucky Nine (Brett Prebble) has been a grand warrior in Hong Kong, but he is yet to win this season. He gets his best opportunity in the Chairman's Sprint Prize. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Lucky Nine might be vulnerable on a number of levels in the Chairman's Sprint Prize (1,200m) but if the five-time Group One winner produces his best it will require a next-level leap in performance by any of his rivals to get near him.

15 Feb 2014 - 9:17pm

Lucky Nine passes rehearsal at Moonee Valley

Lucky Nine (Brett Prebble) hasn’t raced since winning the KrisFlyer International Sprint at Kranji in May. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Jockey Brett Prebble wasn’t concerned about some misbehaviour behind the barriers by five-time Group One winner Lucky Nine prior to a much-needed jump-out at Moonee Valley on Tuesday morning.

15 Oct 2013 - 3:11pm

Trainer Fownes sets himself apart with belief in Lucky Nine

Brett Prebble pays highest compliment to Capsar Fownes.

To some extent, what was lost in the rush and the John Moore "monkey-off-the-back" moment at Kranji was the superb training performance from Caspar Fownes, producing Lucky Nine at his deadly best after recent hiccups.

22 May 2013 - 5:22am

Trainers eye possible Hong Kong double in Singapore

Dan Excel works out in readiness for his race. Photo: Kenneth Chan

International Group One races are never a pushover, but the confidence of trainers Caspar Fownes and John Moore and a process of deconstruction and elimination with their rivals points to the possibility of a first-ever "away" double for Hong Kong in Singapore today.

19 May 2013 - 5:00am

Clash of big three in Jubilee Cup overshadows Derby

Lucky Nine beat Glorious Days in a thriller last year.

The best jockeys, the best horses and the stakes are high when Ambitious Dragon, Glorious Days and Lucky Nine clash in the Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup at Sha Tin on Sunday. Many fans will be thinking about the BMW Hong Kong Derby as the race of the weekend, even if it is technically a HK$16 million Class Two, but the HK$6 million Queen's Silver Jubilee overshadows it as a racing contest.

12 Mar 2013 - 5:25am

Lucky Nine set to steal limelight from Derby

Caspar Fownes and Lucky Nine.

The Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup threatens to overshadow the BMW Hong Kong Derby on March 17 after trainer Caspar Fownes confirmed he had abandoned a Dubai assignment for last year's winner, Lucky Nine.

24 Feb 2013 - 3:42am

Tough decision for Fownes after Lucky Nine's win

Caspar Fownes with Lucky Nine. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Trainer Caspar Fownes will weigh up skipping a Group One race he won last year against returning to the Middle East for a shot at redemption with Lucky Nine, after a clever ride from Brett Prebble delivered another top-level victory on the whole-hearted sprinter.

18 Feb 2013 - 3:15am

Blessed with the right run, Lucky Nine is a good thing, says trainer Fownes

Lucky Nine (right) ran second to Joy And Fun last year but can go one better tomorrow, says Caspar Fownes. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Trainer Caspar Fownes claims tomorrow's Group One Chairman's Sprint Prize is "all over" if his sprinter, Lucky Nine, gets the right run from a good draw.

16 Feb 2013 - 5:09am

The faster the better for Lucky Nine, says Prebble

Brett Prebble

Top jockey Brett Prebble believes the presence of exciting three-year-old Amber Sky can only help the chances of Lucky Nine in the Kent & Curwen Centenary Sprint Cup on Sunday.

25 Jan 2013 - 3:13am

Club will hope Lord Kanaloa attracts more foreign sprint stars to Hong Kong

Yasunari Iwata blows a kiss to the fans after guiding Lord Kanaloa home in the Hong Kong Sprint.

Like J J The Jet Plane before him, Japanese sprinter Lord Kanaloa might well have saved the HK$15 million Sprint yesterday, but the way he did it insisted he might also be the best active sprinter in the world right now.

10 Dec 2012 - 2:44am

Whyte raves about Time After Time's chances in Hong Kong Sprint

Irian warms up for the Cup with Gerald Mosse.

Douglas Whyte proclaimed Time After Time's preparation to be perfect for Sunday's meeting, where the emerging sprinter's handler, John Moore, will carry his customary numerical advantage - calling his team his best in years for a major meeting.

7 Dec 2012 - 3:04am

Defending champ Lucky Nine leads formidable home team in Sprint

Curren Chan is a proven winner in Japan. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Home runners have made the Hong Kong Sprint their own and - if weight of numbers is any indication - the stranglehold should continue in a short-course event that has taken on an overwhelming Asian flavour this year.

22 Nov 2012 - 2:28am

'Unfit' Lucky Nine sends warning to sprint rivals

Brett Prebble finds the time to monitor his rivals' progress.

Caspar Fownes' tenacious sprinter Lucky Nine fired a warning shot to any overseas raiders with designs on his International Day crown; a horse who was still recovering from his own failed foreign raid producing a comprehensive performance to win the Jockey Club Sprint.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:16am