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Winning trainer John Moore (left) celebrates after the Hong Kong Mile
In the HK$20 million (US$2.6 million) Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile (G1), the world's richest turf mile race, a full field of 14 older horses went to post for the 1600 meter (about 1 mile) trip around one turn of the Sha Tin turf. Xtension was sent off as the 3-2 favorite off a close 5th in the Jockey Club Mile (G2), the major local prep for this race, after losing the Sha Tin Trophy (G2) by a nose. In to challenge him included 13-2 second choice Sichuan Success, 5th in the Sha Tin Trophy, and 15-2 third choice Sahpresa, third in the Mile Championship (G1) at Kyoto after winning the Sun Chariot Stakes (G1) at Newmarket.
Able One leads down the stretch
# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 6 Able One Lloyd $118.40 $162.40 $47.60 1 Cityscape Drowne $30.40 $15.20 5 Xtension Beadman $3.30 Winning Time: 1:33.98 $2 Exacta 6-1 $2,560.50 $2 Quinella 6-1 $1,217.60 $2 Trifecta 6-1-5 $7,359.90 * Note that these are the payoffs for the North American pool at Woodbine.Results Chart from HKJC with video replay
Left: Able One in the winner's circle. Trainer John Moore said, "He was meant to be the pacemaker! I'm thrilled for everyone involved. If a 9-year-old can do that there's hope for everyone. He's had five stress fractures and this win tells everyone how good my team is He is the most amazing horse that I have trained." Last year Able One was scratched behind the starting gate by the veterinarian.
Right: The trophy presentation for the Hong Kong Mile.
Left: Able One heads out to the track before the race. Jockey Jeff Lloyd said, "This win has given me the biggest buzz of my career, not just here in Hong Kong. A nine-year-old with a 50-year-old on his back, it's just great. The race unfolded perfectly, with Flying Blue taking it up, so we had the trail. It was almost too good to be true."
Right: Jockey Jeff Lloyd celebrates after winning the Hong Kong Mile aboard Able One.
Left: Second place finisher Cityscape heads out to the track. Jockey Steve Drowne said, "It was the really tough draw that beat me and I couldn't get the position I wanted. The fast ground wasn't ideal, but he ran a cracker. This is the best race he's run in his career, and on this effort you'd think he'd get a bit further. The flat level track was to his liking, even if the ground was a bit firm."
Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Xtension heads out for the post parade. Jockey Darren Beadman said, "I think he probably wins if he didn't have Cityscape sitting outside us. He couldn't quite quicken fast enough, and he felt like a 2000 meter horse."
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