Lucky Bubbles is ready to burst back into the Group 1 sprint picture in Sunday’s HK$16 million Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m), a race that trainer Francis Lui is hoping will relaunch his gelding towards Royal Ascot and beyond.
The talented chestnut was at the peak of his powers when winning last year’s edition of the Champions Day speed feature in a thrilling tussle with Mr Stunning. But after a solid second to that rival first-up this term in a course and distance G2, Lucky Bubbles looked jaded, prompting a short and seemingly refreshing break at the Jockey Club’s Beas River equestrian centre.
“He looks like he’s back in his form and in his mind. His form was just okay in his last few runs – normally my horses improve little by little through their prep but he didn’t, he just stayed in the same place,” Lui said at Sha Tin this morning, Friday, 27 April.
“He got some interference in the Jockey Club Sprint in November and he just wasn’t happy. After he was beaten in the Centenary Sprint Cup in January we sent him for a rest and now he looks bright and back to his old self. The field will be strong though – John Size has some good young horses and it’s not going to be easy.”