2014 Hong Kong Mile Betting Preview and Tips

December 12th, 2014

A talented field of just eleven runners will take to the stalls for Sunday’s Group 1 Hong Kong Mile (1600m) at Sha Tin Racecourse, offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.

Hana's Goal may be worth consideration for a small bet for success in the 2014 Hong Kong Mile. Photo: Steve Hart

Hana’s Goal may be worth consideration for a small bet for success in the 2014 Hong Kong Mile. Photo: Steve Hart

Having returned to racing in excellent for this year, classy local Able Friend ($1.90) has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in Hong Kong Mile betting field ahead of Gold-Fun ($5.50), Ambitious Dragon ($10) and Fiero ($10) with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.

Will Able Friend justify his resounding favouritism and win the 2014 Hong Kong Mile, or will one of his talented rivals find the line in the clear?

1st

Able Friend ($1.90)

Finishing outside the places just once in his 13 start career so far, classy miler Able Friend has returned to racing in typically competitive form this time in and is more than worth consideration for a 2014 Hong Kong Mile bet. Charging home to take out the Group 1 Hong Kong Classic Mile (1600m) in January this year, the Shamardal gelding progressed to three agonizingly-close second place finishes in each of the Group 1 Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m), Group 1 Hong Kong Derby (2000m) and Group 1 Champions Mile (1600m) over the proceeding months. Having placed fourth in the Group 2 Premier Bowl (1200m) and won the Group 2 Jockey Club Mile (1600m) leading into the weekend’s Group 1, all signs seme to point towards another Able Friend victory.

2nd

Gold-Fun ($5.50)

Finishing outside the places only a handful of times in his 19 start career so far, Gold-Fun will leave from the central barrier 6 in the 2014 Hong Kong Mile, has been confirmed to be partnered by regular jockey Douglas Whyte and is more than a chance of finishing in the top three on Sunday. Winner of the Group 1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m) most notably over four starts earlier this year (having progressed from second place in the 2013 edition of the Hong Kong Mile), the La Vie Dei Colori gelding won the Group 3 Celebration Cup (1400m) first-up this time, finishing second in both the Group 2 Sha Tin Trophy (1600m) and Jockey Club Mile in his two most recent starts.

3rd

Hana’s Goal ($41)

Allocated the ideal barrier 3, Hana’s Goal has been given little chance of success in 2014 Hong Kong Mile betting markets and as a result offers punters exceptional value for money at $41 odds for success. Making herself known to the Australian racing community over a three start preparation in autumn this year, the Orewa Matteruze mare finished a disappointing 14th in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) first-up, but quickly built to the task in running a credible sixth in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) before winning the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) on April 26th. Yet to make much of an impact over two starts this time in, Hana’s Goal has reportedly taken well to her work this week and may be a chance of figuring in the 2014 Hong Kong Mile top three.

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