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Able Friend wins the Champions Mile at Sha TinAble Friend canters to a super impressive win in the Champions Mile

PICTURE: Hong Kong Jockey Club

Report: Hong Kong, Sunday

Sha Tin: Champions Mile (Group 1) 1m, 3yo+

ABLE FRIEND (John Moore) will be prepared for the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot next month after a totally dominant victory under a near motionless Joao Moreira.

The five-year-old was cut into 2-1 joint favourite (from 7-2) with Solow by bookmakers for the Queen Anne Stakes after a performance that oozed class from the world's joint top-rated runner.

was expected to win, but that manner in which he eased to yet another victory was what impressed most.

Always tracking chief rival Luger, winner of the Hong Kong Derby on his last start, Able Friend was moved out to challenge in the straight and Moreria had to do no more than move his hands on the mighty miler to move clear.

Moreira was pumped after the race, hi-fiving people in the winner's enclosure, and European racing fans are likely to get a chance to see Able Friend in the Queen Anne Stakes, provided Moore is happy with his stable star.

Moreira said: "He's just outstanding. He just does everything properly. He's a dream horse. I feel like my dream came true; I found one of the best horses in the world and I'm very pleased at the opportunity I was given by the trainer and the owner. I really appreciate it."

Asked about the prospects of Able Friend going to Royal Ascot, Moore said: "I'm getting on a plane tonight so I'm going to get four or five days to cool down and then when I get back from that trip I'll sit down with the owner for lunch and we'll have a chat.

"But first let's see how he pulls up and if everything is in order, we will see if he goes to Ascot."

He added: "Everything went his way today but at Ascot he would have to run against horses like Solow, and they're going to stretch him. They're going to make sure he really is the champion.

"There's been talk about the Sussex Stakes but if he did go to England it would be just one race - the Queen Anne would be enough and then he'd come back here. There would probably be a 30-day turnaround so we would put him in a paddock for a week in Newmarket where he could eat a bit of grass in that British sunshine."

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