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Lucky Nine In Quarantine For Australian Trip
Multiple Gr1-winning Hong Kong sprinter Lucky Nine (Dubawi-Birjand, by Green Desert) has entered quarantine ahead of an Australian spring sojourn that will encompass the Gr1 double of the Manikato Stakes & Patinack Farm Classic, reports horseracing.com.au. The Irish-bred 6YO will be the first Australian runner for leading Hong Kong trainer Caspar Fownes when he lines up in the Manikato (1200m) at Moonee Valley on October 25 & the Patinack (1200m) at Flemington on November 9. "We are looking forward to coming down to Australia and the horse has been doing everything right," commented Fownes. "We gave him a 1000m easy trial at Happy Valley on Saturday, I don't want to get him too stoked up and too fit before heading out so I will do all his final training when he arrives in Australia." Lucky Nine's most recent outing was back in May when he defeated Bel Sprinter & Super Easy in the Gr1 Krisflyer International Sprint in Singapore. "He has had a nice break since Singapore and I have concentrated on getting him ready for these two races in Australia," Fownes added. The son of Dubawi has 12 wins from 34 starts, including 5 Gr1s, for €4,079,349 earnings. Australia will become the sixth country where Lucky Nine has raced having competed in Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, the UAE and Ireland, where he began his career.