Able Friend Claims Comfortable 2014 Hong Kong Mile Victory

December 15th, 2014

Talented five-year-old Able Friend has continued his exceptional run through the 2014 racing calendar at Sha Tin over the weekend, displaying an incredible turn of foot to win the Group 1 Hong Kong Mile (1600m) by more than four lengths.

Trainer John Moore saddled Able Friend to victory in the 2014 Hong Kong Mile. Photo: Daniel Costello

Trainer John Moore saddled Able Friend to victory in the 2014 Hong Kong Mile. Photo: Daniel Costello

Jumping from the gates well, leading jockey Joao Moreira settled Able Friend at the rear of the Hong Kong Mile field from a wide barrier, allowing the race’s early leaders to set a reasonable tempo away from the barriers and rounding the bend.

Quickly spooling up, the Shamardal gelding charged forward upon reaching the final straight; passing the entire field with ease and taking up the lead with more than 200m to run; finding the line well clear of Gold-Fun; Japanese raider Grand Prix Boss boxing on for third.

Moreira delivered a perfectly-timed ride on Able Friend for success in the 2014 Hong Kong Mile, and was quick to lay the praise on his talented mount; declaring the five-year-old as the best he has ridden.

“The way he won, coming from a long way back, just passing by runner after runner, and not ever needing the whip – he’s just an amazing horse,” Moreira said.

Trainer John Moore was understandably pleased with Able Friend’s performance in the 2014 Hong Kong Mile and also ranked the talented runner as one of his best to date.

“He repeated what he did in the trial. It’s phenomenal,” Moore said.

“He relaxes and he’s got an explosive turn of foot – the way he ran past some serious horses today, I think I’ve got one of the better milers on the planet.

“Last season, when he was 1,240 pounds, Able Friend always looked like just a frame.

“He’s developed more than Designs On Rome. He’s now over 1,300 pounds and he’s a monster and it is showing.”

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