Gilgai Farm owner Rick Jamieson has warmed up for the Melbourne Cup carnival with a stakes winner in Hong Kong.
His Nagambie-bred sprinter Lucky Bubbles scored a first-up victory the Group 2 Premier Bowl (1200m) at Sha Tin on Sunday. The Sebring gelding was last seen finishing second to Chautauqua in the Group 1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m) in May.
“He’s still underdone so I was happy to just let him relax with 131 pounds (59kg),” jockey Brett Prebble explained. “He always had them covered and put them away a long way out.”
Jamieson had bought into the family when paying $150,000 for Bubble Below (Hussonet) as a yearling. She won a Kyneton 3yo maiden on debut and followed up with a stakes placing at Flemington before foaling Lucky Bubbles first-up at stud.
Offered by Three Bridges at the 2013 Inglis Premier Sale, as agent for Gilgai Farm, Lucky Bubbles made $90,000 and the Premier Bowl increased his earnings to HK $2.22 million.
His major assignment later this year is the Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) on December 11. “I wanted to make sure he had the softest run on Sunday and he did have plenty left,” Prebble added. “He was impressive and I’m very happy. Bring on December!”
Jamieson has a couple of Group 1 goals of his own at Flemington starting with Extreme Choice in the Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) on Saturday. The Not A Single Doubt colt was sold as a stud prospect after winning the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes earlier this year and Gilgai came on board as a shareholder after his last-start victory in the Group 1 Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley.
Gilgai-bred mare Jameka (Myboycharlie) is a $5.50 second-favourite for the Group 1 Melbourne Cup next Tuesday after a comprehensive Group 1 victory in the Caulfield Cup last week. The only mares to complete the cups’ double in the modern-era have been Let’s Elope (1991) and Ethereal (2001).
And on Saturday week, Gilgai-bred sprinter The Quarterback (Street Boss) will face another straight-six test in the Group 1 Darley Classic 1200m) at Flemington. He won the Newmarket Hcp in March and put the writing on the wall when motoring home in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday evening.