Hong Kong's Lucky Bubbles arrives safely for Grade 1 Sprinters Stakes
Lucky Bubbles, the winner of the Grade 1 Chairman's Sprint Prize last year and the lone challenger from Hong Kong for this year’s Grade 1 Sprinters Stakes, arrived safely at Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture early Tuesday morning. The 7-year-old gelding was then transported to the quarantine facilities at the JRA Horseracing School Quarantine Center, where he arrived at 10:05 a.m., completing about a 10-hour journey from his home base at Sha Tin.
“This is his first trip overseas, but like back home, he is in fine condition,” said Lok Man Larry Lui, assistant trainer to K W Lui. “His training menu during the quarantine period will be discussed with the trainer. The trainer has only told me to keep the horse in a happy state of mind. We may give him some fast work at the Horseracing School after taking the gate exam.”
Lucky Bubbles, with eight wins from 26 career starts, won his first Grade 1 in the Chairman's Sprint Prize last May, but was winless in seven starts in his 2017-18 season, his best showing a runner-up in the Grade 2 Premier Bowl in October last year. He finished fourth to Mr Stunning in the Hong Kong Sprint.
The Sprinters Stakes will be run on Sunday, September 30 at Nakayama Racecourse, with a scheduled post time of 15:40 local time.