Lucky Bravo launched a nice bid to take fourth behind the smart Good Words in the Class Three Federation of Hong Kong Industries 50th Anniversary Cup over the 1,200m at Happy Valley on Sunday and stamped himself as a winning prospect. He came with useful form in three Australian starts for two wins as a four-year-old last season and a second under the name of Lockhart Road for trainer Robert Smerdon, showcasing a good turn of foot to win each of his final two Victorian runs by 21/2 lengths, once over the 1,400m at Cranbourne and over 1,000m at Bendigo on a wet track. The five-year-old arrived off a rating of 70 and John Size was quick to put him to work and, with two trials on the dirt and turf last month, was well tuned for his first-up task. Lucky Bravo opened at a 9-1 quote before hot money arrived to make him the 11-5 favourite at the jump under the irons of Keith Yeung Ming-lun. He was rated third from the rear after being roughed up leaving gate seven, picked up speed approaching the 400m, became unbalanced when cornering widest out but was finishing best of all down the outside to get within two lengths of the winner Good Words, clocking 22.55 seconds in the final split. A son of Faltaat and the sprint-winning and Listed-placed Kashani mare Arousing, Lucky Bravo is a half-brother to two winners, including Delayedreaction (by Postponed), a Listed winner of four Australian starts and twice Group Three placed from 1,000m to 1,600m. He is from the family of one of the Hong Kong greats in Makarpura Star, a Hong Kong Derby, Gold Cup and two-time Champions & Chater Cup winner, who is a grandson of his third dam Copper Art. He is still acclimatising and learning the ropes around the right-hand bend but, with Size guiding, should have a bright future as a sprinter/miler. Andreas Schutz continued his hot form with a third straight win by Ho Wongchoy, but the stable's Sonofthewest may be one to keep safe after he was an unlucky sixth at 92-1 odds in the Wah Fu Handicap over the mile. He lost his momentum when sandwiched at the 120m mark by the eventual winner Star Of Chiu Ton and the fourth-placed Full Pack.