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The Runners & Their Teams 2015

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KRISFLYER INTERNATIONAL SPRINT’S RUNNER & TEAM

  • LUCKY NINE
  • [Barrier No: 2]
  • Hong Kong’s favourite sprinter will be gunning for a third KrisFlyer in a row. Apart from a third place in the HKG1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m) in February, his form has gone pear-shaped this term. A shadow of himself at his last run in the HKG2 Sprint Cup (1200m), when a beaten horse a long way out. Loves Kranji, though. The eight-year-old's best years may be over, but he is still a class act and cannot be entirely ruled out. Prefers a good track.
Description: 8 B G
Sire: DUBAWI (IRE)
Dam: BIRJAND (GB)
Trainer: CASPAR FOWNES (HK)
Owner: DR CHANG FUK TO & MARIA CHANG LEE MING SHUM
Season: 2014
Summary: 6 2 1 0
Career 46 14 9 6
Earnings(SGD): S$8,700,080
  • Lucky Nine
PAST RUNS
Race Date Ctry & Track Going Dist Barrier Place Race Category & Name WTR Wt Margin Odds Jockey Win Time Winner / Second
26-Apr-2015 HK,ST (RH) T(G) 1200 6 9/10 Sprint Cup 104 58 6 70 B Prebble 1:08.37 Dundonnell
28-Mar-2015 UAE,MEY (LH) D(F) 1200 8 11/13 Dubai Golden Shaheen 100 57 6.75 40 B Prebble 1:10.64 Secret Circle
15-Feb-2015 HK,ST (RH) T(G) 1200 8 3/12 Chariman'S Sprint Prize 117 57 NK 125 B Prebble 1:08.79 Gold-Fun
14-Dec-2014 HK,ST (RH) T(G) 1200 4 11/14 Longines Hong Kong Sprint 105 57 5.5 30 B Prebble 1:08.57 Naisoso Warrior
23-Nov-2014 HK,ST (RH) T(G) 1200 2 5/14 Bochk Wealth Management Jockey Club Sprint 113 58 2.5 36 B Prebble 1:08.08 Peniaphobia
18-May-2014 SIN,KRJ (LH) T(F) 1200 1 1/9 Krisflyer International Sprint 120 57 2.5 16F B Prebble 1:08.15 Emperor Max
27-Apr-2014 HK,ST (RH) T(G) 1200 6 2/10 Sprint Cup 117 58 1 18 B Prebble 1:09.09 Charles The Great
16-Mar-2014 HK,ST (RH) T(G) 1400 4 5/11 Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup 114 57 2.25 33 B Prebble 1:21.85 Gold-Fun
Caspar Fownes
  • TRAINER:
  • CASPAR FOWNES (HK)
Caspar Fownes, 47, assisted his trainer father Lawrie for several seasons before taking over the mantle in 2003/04. He eclipsed his father's best season stats in his rookie year with 44 wins. In 2006/07 he won his first trainer’s premiership and added his second premiership in 2008/09, the same year he saddled the first four past the post when Green Treasure won the Group 3 Sha Tin Trophy in 2009. His third championship came in 2013/14 when his strong late charge brought three wins on the closing day to tie with John Size on 62 wins, and with one more second place than his rival, he sealed the title on countback. Another major feat was his six winners in a single day, on 20 June 2010, equalling the record in Hong Kong's professional racing era. Back home, his most famous victories include The Duke's win in the Group 1 Hong Kong Mile (2006) and Lucky Nine’s wins in the Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint (2011), the HKG1 Chairman's Sprint Prize (2013 & 2014) and the Group 2 Jockey Club Sprint (2012). Since sending Bowman’s Crossing (third) for a tilt at the SIA Cup in 2006, Fownes has been a regular Kranji visitor with the likes of Sanziro, Green Birdie and Thumbs Up, earning the top prize with Green Birdie in the KrisFlyer in 2010 and Lucky Nine in the same race in 2013 and 2014. The well-travelled Lucky Nine (has also been to Japan, Australia and Dubai) will attempt to give Fownes his third successive KrisFlyer in this year’s edition while Military Attack, SIA Cup winner in 2013 for John Moore, will bid for a second success this year, but under his stewardship. Fownes is vying for the championship again this season with 47 wins (as of 4 May), for a Hong Kong career total of 646.
Brett Prebble
  • JOCKEY:
  • BRETT PREBBLE (AUS)
Brett Prebble, 37, is a former Melbourne champion apprentice jockey with former Kranji trainer John Meagher and was twice champion jockey in Melbourne. A winner of close to 700 races in Hong Kong, Prebble’s breakthrough in the former British colony came aboard Precision in the HKG1 Champions & Chater Cup in 2003 and in 2005 he added the Group 1 Australia Stakes on Hong Kong sprinter Cape Of Good Hope at Moonee Valley. He claimed his biggest Hong Kong victory in the Hong Kong Sprint with Absolute Champion in 2006 and has since won again in 2009 with Sacred Kingdom and in 2011 with Lucky Nine. In 2009/10 he scored a Group 1 treble on board Sacred Kingdom in the Hong Kong Sprint, Centenary Sprint Cup, and Chairman's Sprint Prize. Prebble has twice won the Group 1 Champions Mile, with Bullish Luck (2006) – with whom he also won the Yasuda Kinen - and Sight Winner (2009). A perennial second (six times) to Douglas Whyte in the Hong Kong jockey’s championship, his 2009/10 battle with Whyte in which he eventually went down by 100-99, was one of the most thrilling in Hong Kong's racing history. Prebble's consolation for defeat was his six winning rides at Happy Valley on 20 June, itself a Hong Kong record, which was matched by Whyte in April 2013 and Moreira in March 2015. Prebble has enjoyed an illustrious partnership with Lucky Nine, winning, besides the Hong Kong Sprint, two KrisFlyers (2013 and 2014) and the Chairman's Sprint Prize (2013 & 2014). During his regular visits back in Australia, Prebble won the Group 1 Golden Slipper on Crystal Lily in 2010 and Australia’s greatest race, the Melbourne Cup in 2012 aboard Green Moon. Prebble also counts one win with Sacred Kingdom in the KrisFlyer in 2009, meaning he will bid for a record fourth win in the glamour sprint race with old stalwart Lucky Nine this year.