Prebble: A super training feat

Much of the credit deservedly belongs to the two-time Hong Kong champion trainer, said Lucky Nine's rider Brett Prebble.

The Australian said it was a super training performance by Caspar Fownes, who must have had a lot of sleepless nights about his decision to take off the blinkers for this race.

Prebble, who himself was collecting his third KrisFlyer title following his 2009 win with Sacred Kingdom and last year's win aboard Lucky Nine, added: "But it was a winning decision and credit to Caspar. Taking them off did the job tonight."

With 10 wins from 29 rides astride of Lucky Nine, Prebble was as familiar as anyone with the talented speedball but had his doubts about the decision to remove the headgear, as it seemed to have done the trick to rectify his mount's poor starts in recent months. He had been pleased with the result after Lucky Nine's one-length second to Charles The Great in last month's Group 2 Sprint Cup in Hong Kong.

"He was sluggish and difficult to get him out, so that's why we put them on," he said.

"It was lovely to be able to jump on par with the other horses. He seems to have gotten out of that habit and he seems a happy horse."

He’s the best horse in the field. I couldn’t wait to push the button because I knew what I have underneath me.

— Jockey Brett Prebble (on Lucky Nine)