Gilgai Farm bred sprinter Lucky Bubbles has returned from a summer break a serious talent in Hong Kong.
Lucky Bubbles looked a good horse in the making last campaign and he’s risen to another level going on a first-up victory in the Convergence Of Love Hcp (1200m) at Sha Tin on Saturday. “He’s a boy who has grown into a man,” jockey Brett Prebble declared. “Last season, his head was always back in my lap like he was feeling something.
“Look at him now, he has his head down low, his action is great and he’s even better just in the gates, which was another issue last season.
“He had been blindfolded in the barriers before but I just let him stand in there and get comfortable today. I could feel the tension go out of him, he kept all four feet on the ground and was definitely happier.”
Lucky Bubbles sat outside in-form leader Lucky Year and then cleared out while hardly having the brakes released for a two length victory. Trainer Francis Lui will keep him in sprints this season instead of stepping up for a crack at the G1 Champions Mile in December.
Gilgai Farm owner Rick Jamieson sold Lucky Bubbles (Sebring) for $90,000 through the Three Bridges draft at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale. He’s the first foal of Caulfield stakes-placed mare Bubble Below (Hussonet).
His younger half-sister Bubbleberry (Statue Of Liberty) won second-up for Gerald Ryan at Gosford in May and his 2yo half-brother is a unnamed colt by Wanted.