2014 Hong Kong Mile Early Betting Update

December 2nd, 2014

A talented field of eleven runners has been confirmed for the 2014 Group 1 Hong Kong Mile (1600m) at Sha Tin Racecourse on December 14th, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.

Trainer John Moore will saddle clear favourite Able Friend in the 2014 Hong Kong Mile. Photo: Daniel Costello

Trainer John Moore will saddle clear favourite Able Friend in the 2014 Hong Kong Mile. Photo: Daniel Costello

Having returned to racing in typically slick form this time in, classy local runner Able Friend has opened as and maintained status as clear favourite in 2014 Hong Kong Mile betting markets, currently available at a quote of $1.80 for success with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.

Saddled by former Australian trainer John Moore, Able Friend has found career-best form over the 2014 racing calendar so-far and appears primed for another victory at the highest level of racing in the Hong Kong Mile.

Taking out the Group 1 Hong Kong Classic Mile (1600m) on January 19th, the Shamardal gelding was unlucky to place second in both the Group 1 Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m) and Group 1 Hong Kong Derby (2000m) to leading stayer Designs On Rome, but returned to the winner’s circle in the Group 2 Chairman’s Trophy (1600m) on April 6th.

Having returned to the paddock after running second in the Group 1 Champions Mile (1600m), Able Friend placed a credible fourth behind he likes of Aerovelocity in the Group 2 Premier Bowl (1200m) first-up this time and will carry winning form into the 2014 Hong Kong Mile after taking out the Group 2 Jockey Club Mile (1600m) most recently on November 23rd.

Placing a close second to Able Friend in the Jockey Club Mile, Gold-Fun has maintained status as sole occupant of the second line of Hong Kong Mile betting and is more than worth consideration for a wager at current $5.50 odds for success; interestingly figuring as the only other runner currently offered at a quote of less-than $10.

Securing a commendable record of nine wins and a further five minor places over just 19 competitive appearances on course so far, the Le Vie Dei Colori gelding beat a talented field to the line including the likes of Dan Excel and Charles The Great in the Group 1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m) in March this year.

Charging home to win the Group 3 Celebration Cup (1400m) first-up this time in, Gold-Fun has placed second in each of his two most recent appearances at the races and has reportedly worked well in the lead-up to the 2014 Hong Kong Mile.

While yet to find peak condition over two starts this campaign, Glorious Days currently figures as outright third favourite in Hong Kong Mile betting markets at a quote of $10 for success.

The winner of last year’s edition of the Hong Kong Mile, having placed a close second in the 2012 edition, trainer John Size is confident the Hussonet gelding will find this year’s feature race at the perfect moment.

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