Over his last 3 wins now in the G2 Jockey Club Mile, G1 Hong Kong Mile, & G1 Steward's Cup, Able Friend has most definitely shown there's nothing in Hong Kong right now that can touch him over 1600 meters. That's why I'm really hoping the connections of Able Friend send him to Meydan in March to contest the G1 Dubai Turf(Dubai Duty Free). In Dubai he would face a host of top international turf milers and/or international middle distance turf horses, and I think he'd get the 1800 meters standing on his head.
@Ambitiousd, last I heard after he won the G1 Hong Kong Mile they were gonna run him in the G1 Steward's Cup and then were seriously considering sending him to Meydan in March for the G1 Dubai Turf(formerly the G1 Dubai Duty Free). That was the plan according to trainer John Moore post-Hong Kong Mile, but I suppose they could change their mind about the trip to Dubai, too?
Able Friend makes it 3 straight wins and back to back G1's winning the G1 Stewards Cup barely breaking a sweat under a hand ride by Joao Moreira. This year's renewal of the Stewards Cup upgraded from a domestic Hong Kong G1 to international G1 status.
The G3 Jebel Ali Mile which was scheduled to run today was postponed following the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia. No word yet on when the race will be rescheduled?
Safety Check much the best in the G2 Al Fahidi Fort. 2 starts and 2 wins at this year's Dubai Carnival for the son of Dubawi.
I thought HOY was supposed to be as much about the "quality of the wins" as it was the "quantity of the runs", so yes I'm for real.
@icyhotboo, I hear what you're saying about Wise Dan, but they really had no choice but to give him the Eclipse Award for HOY because he was so much more dominant than the competition. That's not the case this year, IMO. Not saying California Chrome didn't have a great year, but I go back to my earlier point which is Main Sequence had the same # of G1 wins in America in 2014 that California Chrome had(4), and accomplished his 4 G1 wins racing 6 months less than CC or Bayern. Both of them began their 2014 season in America in January. Main Sequence didn't begin racing in the states until July.
Just expressing my own personal opinion here, and let me say I'm also a fan of California Chrome, but I think it's unfortunate that turf racing is considered almost an afterthought in the United States compared to conventional dirt racing because Main Sequence is the one who truly deserved to be named HOY, IMO. He had the same # of G1 wins as California Chrome(4) and 2 more G1 wins than Bayern who had 2 in 2014 racing 6 months less than either of them in the states, and lest we forget, Main Sequence went unbeaten in America in 2014. The same cannot be said about California Chrome or Bayern. Just sayin....
This year's upcoming renewal of the Hong Kong Classic Mile on January 18th will have several former European based horses in the field, most of them now using new names in Hong Kong. Among those entered in the field are: #1-Anticipation(formerly raced as Table Rock in Ireland & Great Britain), #2-Helene Happy Star(formerly raced as Barley Mow in Great Britain), #3-Giant Treasure(formerly raced as Sea Defence in Great Britain), #4-Flying Moochi(formerly raced as Hoovergetthekeys in Italy), #5-Beauty Only(formerly raced as Gentleman Only in Italy), and #6-Gonna Run(using original name, formerly raced in France).
From Racing Post.com: G3 Albany Stakes & G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes winner, Cursory Glance, will sadly miss this year's G1 English 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in May due to a fetlock injury sustained during routine training. Cursory Glance had been widely considered second choice for the 1000 Guineas behind Coolmore's Found.
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