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Nine claims Kranj prize

Medicean Man was withdrawn at the start as Lucky Nine successfully defended his crown in the KrisFlyer International Sprint at Kranji.

Medicean Man was considered a major contender having run a fantastic race to finish fourth in the Al Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup night at Meydan, but he lost a shoe on the way to the start and did not line up in the Group One contest.

The other European challenger was Eddie Lynam's Irish raider Balmont Mast, but he was never a factor in the hands of Colm O'Donoghue, trailing home last of the nine runners.

Lucky Nine got off to a fast start for Brett Prebble and tracked the pacesetters into the straight.

Emperor Max did his best to fend off Caspar Fownes' star sprinter, but Lucky Nine found another gear in the last of six furlongs and was well on top at the line.

Emperor Max ran a fine race in second, with Zac Spirit third.

"It's a real pleasure to train this horse. He's had a lot of fun for the stable and we're all proud of him," Fownes told At The Races.

"He's been in great form. Even though he's seven, I don't tell him, I tell him he's a four-year-old. He listens.

"He's got a lot of heart and that's what you need in a good horse.

"He's a good traveller. He's like one of us - he likes to get out of Hong Kong and then get back."