Caspar Fownes will be a better trainer than we’ll ever be, but we do wonder about his Lucky Nine tackling the Sha Tin 1000 metre straight for the first time in its career this Sunday when it competes in the first leg of the Hong Kong Speed Series – the Kent & Curwen Centenary Sprint Cup (Race 8).

Earlier this season, Lucky Nine ran in the Centaur Stakes and the Sprinters Stakes in Japan- terribly unlucky not to win both races- and returning home to out the Hong Kong International Sprint and where he made sprinters like Rocket Man and Sacred Kingdom look ordinary. Some say, this bodes well for Lucky Nine as, historically, the winner of the Kent & Curwen Centenary Sprint has performed well in the Sprint. But history is a thing of the past.

In the same race is Former Horse of the Year Sacred Kingdom. And though the horse is looking to win the race for the third time in as many years and 18th career win, it is a shadow of its former self.

One to take seriously despite drawing the “wrong side” of the track, is the four-year-old course specialist Eagle Regiment having its first start in a local Group race. Have no fear. It comes with impressive credentials – he has the fastest and 3rd fastest time over the 1000-meter straight this season, plus has racked up 5 wins and 3 seconds for 8 runs over course and distance.

This is no easy race with there also being At Moment In Time drawn barrier 12 and with Maxime Guyon riding for Danny Shum, John Size’s Rich Unicorn and Tony Cruz’s enigmatic Blaze King. It will all be a question of luck, getting the runs and not being caught up in traffic and, of course, those outside barriers over 1000 metres always help at Shatin.