Able One led home a NZ-bred trifecta in the G1 Hong Kong Champions Mile at Sha Tin on Sunday. He annexed the prestigious race for the second time in his career after initially winning it in 2007.
Able One (7g Cape Cross – Gardenia by Danehill) unleashed a devastating sprint to haul in the leaders and race away to a comfortable win in a smashing time of 1:33.66s. Filling the minor places were the Kiwi pair Fellowship (O’Reilly) and Beauty Flash (Golan).
Able One heralded his return to form earlier this month, winning the HKJC Chairman’s Trophy. Trainer John Moore said the gelding will now head to the G1 Yasuda Kinen in Japan on June 6.
Able One was initially sold through at the 2004 Karaka Select Sale for $190,000 and was pin-hooked to the Ready to Run Sale where he was snapped up by Paul Beamish Bloodstock for $270,000 from Janine Dunlop’s Phoenix Park draft.
He travelled to Australia where he won his first start before continuing on to Hong Kong to finish second on debut. In his next start, he went one better to notch up his first win on Hong Kong soil and just over a year later he proved his purchase price winning his first Champions Mile.