The Group 1 Hong Kong Mile (1600m) is one of four races running at Sha Tin Racecourse this Sunday, making up the Hong Kong International Race Day program.
11 horses from across the globe will tackle the mile on Sunday, vying for the AU$3.5 million total prize pool. Local horses dominate the field however the one with the best chance at winning the 2014 Hong Kong Mile has been drawn in the widest barrier.
Five-year-old gelding Able Friend is a last start winner of the Group 2 Jockey Club Mile (1600m) at Sha Tin on November 23. After cruising into contention inside the 400 metres, the gelding powered to the front with 200 metres to go before drawing away to win with authority by two and a half lengths.
Able Friend has won three other mile races at Sha Tin, including the Group 1 Hong Kong Classic Mile in January, and did manage to finish runner-up in the Group 1 Champions Mile (1600m) in May despite jumping from the widest gate so all is not lost for the John Moore-trained gelding.
Australia doesn’t have any horses in the 2014 Hong Kong Mile, though the Japanese-trained Hana’s Goal did visit the country back in the autumn. The five-year-old mare had three starts in Sydney and managed to win the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) after misfiring in both the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m). The Kazuhiro Kato-trained mare will jump from barrier three.
Of Japan’s four runners in the Hong Kong Mile, three have drawn favourably. World Ace will start next to Hana’s Goal in barrier four while Fiero has scored the inside run from barrier one.
Both World Ace and Fiero are lightly raced five-year-olds with just ten career starts between them. Fiero has yet to claim a win but came very close in the Group 1 Mile Championship (1609m) at Kyoto last time out. A jump from barrier one will increase his chances of winning his maiden on Sunday.
European galloper Trade Storm has drawn midfield in barrier five while Captain Cat will jump from barrier eight.
Check out the complete 2014 Hong Kong Mile Barriers below before.
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2014 Hong Knog Mile Barrier Draw
|No||Horse||Country / Region||Barrier|
|4||GRAND PRIX BOSS||JPN||10|