NZ Bloodstock graduate Able One led home a Karaka trifecta in the G3 Prince Jewellery Premier Cup (1400m) at Sha Tin on Wednesday night. It was Able One’s third consecutive black type win after taking out the International G1 Champion’s Mile (1600m) and the G2 Chairman’s Trophy (1600m) in April.
The John Moore-trained seven-year-old had also won the Premier Cup in 2008. By former shuttle sire Cape Cross and out of Gardenia (Danehill), Able One was bred by Sir Patrick and Lady Justine Hogan at their Cambridge Stud.
Initially sold at the 2004 Karaka Select Sale for $190,000, Able One was pin-hooked to top the 2004 Ready to Run Sale where he was snapped up by Paul Beamish Bloodstock for $270,000 from Janine Dunlop’s Phoenix Park.
The Paul O’Sullivan-trained Aashiq (Viking Ruler) finished second. He was purchased by Lance O’Sullivan at the 2007 Karaka Carnival Sale for $40,000 from Brighthill Farm. Aashiq is half-brother to smart Richard Collett trained three-year-old Finderskeepers (Keeper) who was G2 placed in the Avondale Guineas earlier this season.
Completing a New Zealand trifecta was Thumbs Up (Shinko King). He is prepared by Caspar Fownes for owner Leung Chung Shan.