Lucky Nine (racehorse)

Lucky Nine (Chinese: 天久 , originally Luck or Design) is an Irish-bred, Hong Kong based racehorse. He was one of the nominees of 2010-2011 Hong Kong Horse of the Year.

Lucky Nine
SireDubawi
GrandsireDubai Millennium
DamBirjand
DamsireGreen Desert
SexGelding
Foaled12 March 2007
CountryIreland
ColourBay
BreederDarley Stud
OwnerAndrew Oliver
Dr Chang Fuk To & Maria Chang Lee Ming Shum
TrainerAndrew Oliver
Caspar Fownes
Record43:13-8-5
EarningsHK$51,373,799 (As of 18 May 2015)
Major wins
National Day Cup (2010)
Hong Kong Classic Mile (2011)
Hong Kong Sprint (2011)
Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup (2012)
Jockey Club Sprint (2012)
KrisFlyer International Sprint (2013, 2014)
Chairman's Sprint Prize (2013)
Last updated on August 13, 2009

BackgroundEdit

Lucky Nine is a bay gelding bred in Ireland by the Darley Stud. He was sired by Dubawi, a son of Dubai Millennium who won the Irish 2000 Guineas and the Prix Jacques le Marois in 2005. He was originally named Luck or Design.

Racing careerEdit

Luck or Design raced in Ireland as a two-year-old in 2009, winning a maiden race at Naas Racecourse by five lengths. Luck or Design was then sold and exported to race in Hong Kong where he was renamed Lucky Nine.

In Hong Kong, Lucky Nine has won important races including the National Day Cup in 2010, the Hong Kong Classic Mile and the Hong Kong Sprint in 2011 and the Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup in 2012. Racing in international competition he finished second in Japan's Centaur Stakes in 2011 and third in the Dubai Golden Shaheen in 2012. Lucky Nine went to Singapore for the International Sprint (Kris Flyer) Group 1 race in May 2013, and easily accounted for an international field that included Australian horse Bel Sprinter (who managed to come second).

ReferencesEdit

The Hong Kong Jockey Club – The Most Popular Horse of the Year
Season Winner Nominees
2008/2009 Sacred Kingdom

Collection ; Egyptian Ra ; Good Ba Ba ; Inspiration ; More Bountiful ; Sacred Kingdom ; Sight Winner ; Viva Pataca

2009/2010 Sacred Kingdom

Able One ; Beauty Flash ; Brave Kid ; Collection ; Fellowship ; Good Ba Ba ; Green Birdie ; Happy Zero ; Mr Medici ; Sacred Kingdom ; Super Satin ; Viva Pataca

2010/2011 Ambitious Dragon

Ambitious Dragon ; Beauty Flash ; California Memory ; Captain Sweet ; Flying Blue ; Irian ; King Al Akbar ; Lucky Nine ; Mighty High ; Sacred Kingdom ; Xtension