Hong Kong

The Australian-bred Able Friend has set a standard for racehorses in Hong Kong that will be difficult to surpass.

In the 2014-15 season Able Friend raced his way to the top of the world rankings, establishing himself as the best miler on the planet. But he is far from the only Australian-bred superstar to have raced in Hong Kong.

Silent Witness and Sacred Kingdom rated among the world’s sprinters of their time and had cult followings in Hong Kong and were successful on a wider international stage. The Australian-bred Luger, a son of Choisir, won this year’s Hong Kong Derby and Thunder Fantasy won, anong other races, the HKG1 Classic Cup.

Australian-breds have been named Horseof the Year in Hong Kong in seven of the 16 seasons up to 2015.

Nearly half the horses in training In Hong Kong are Australian-bred and almost half the races in the Chinese territory are won by horses imported from Australia.

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In the 2014-15 season Able Friend raced his way to the top of the world rankings, establishing himself as the best miler on the planet. But he is far from the only Australian-bred superstar to have raced in Hong Kong.
  • Able Friend

    Breeding: Shamardal (USA) x Ponte Piccolo (NZ)
    Breeder: Ramsey Pastoral Company Pty Ltd
    Race: HK-2 – HKJC Premier Bowl H. – 25-Oct-15, 2015 Champions Mile (G1), 2015 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (G1), The Stewards’ Cup (G1), The Longines Hong Kong Mile (G1)
    Cost: $550,000
    Buyer: George Moore Bloodstock

    Highlights

    Foaled at Stuart Ramsey’s Turangga Farm in the Segenhoe Valley, just a few minutes away from Scone in the Hunter Valley, Able Friend is by Darley’s former shuttle stallion Shamardal, out of the Volksraad mare Ponte Piccolo.

    Offered for sale at the 2011 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, the imposing chestnut was knocked down to Hong Kong-based agent George Moore Bloodstock for $550,000, the highest priced recorded in Australia for a colt by his sire.

    Initially trained in Australia by Hawkes Racing for owners Dr and Mrs Cornel Li Fook Kwan, where, as a three-year-old Able Friend had two starts, a new chapter of his career commenced in Hong Kong under the care of John Moore.

    A winner of the HK-Group 1 Hong Kong Classic at just his fifth start in Hong Kong, Able Friend has competed at Group 1 or Group 2 level in all his starts since. With wins also in the Champions Mile, Stewards’ Cup, Hong Kong Mile, Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup, all at Group 1 level, Able Friend was duly crowned Head of the 2015 World Thoroughbred Rankings (Sprint), Equal Leading Older Male on the 2015 WTR (Mile), Hong Kong Horse of the Year and Champion Miler in Hong Kong in 2014-15.

    Race Wins and Replays

    G2 HKJC Premier Bowl H.
    2015 Champions Mile (G1).
    G1 Cape Flying Championship
    2015 Group 1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup
    2015 Group 1 Champions Mile
    2015 Group 1 Stewards’ Cup
  • Blizzard

    Breeding: Starcraft (NZ) x Stormy Choice (AUS)
    Breeder: GSA Bloodstock, VIC 
    Race: G3 Hong Kong Chinese Club Challenge Cup (1 January 2017)

    Cost: $75,000 at 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale
    Purchaser: Ricky Yiu, Hong Kong

  • Contentment

    Breeding: Hussonet (USA) x Jemison (AUS)
    Breeder: P Favretto, T & J Hodgson, P Rowe, D Sinn and P Sinn, NSW 
    Race: Group One HKJC Champions Mile (7 May 2017)

     

  • Eagle Way

    Breeding: More Than Ready (USA) x Wedgetail Eagle (AUS)
    Breeder: Segenhoe Thoroughbreds Australia Pty Ltd, NSW 
    Race: Group Three HKJC Queen Mother Memorial Cup (30 April 2017)

     

  • Fair King Prawn

    Breeding: Danehill x Twiglet
    Breeder: Catherine Redmond
    Race: Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1999, 2001), Hong Kong Sprint (1999), Yasuda Kinen (2000), Happy Valley Trophy (2000), Hong Kong Stewards’ Cup (2001), Bauhinia Sprint Trophy (2001)
    Cost:$180,000 at the Inglis Easter Sale

    Highlights

    Fairy King Prawn was sold and exported to Hong Kong as a yearling he became one of the most successful and popular horses in his adopted territory. Equally adept as a sprinter or as a miler he won twelve of his twenty-six starts including the Chairman’s Sprint Prize (twice) the Hong Kong Sprint, Hong Kong Stewards’ Cup and Bauhinia Sprint Trophy. In 2000 he became the first Hong Kong horse to win a Grade One race abroad when he won the Yasuda Kinen in Japan. He won numerous awards including the title of Hong Kong Horse of the Year on two occasions. He was retired from racing in 2002.

    Race Wins and Replays

  • Lucky Bubbles

    Breeding: Sebring (AUS) x Bubbles Below (AUS) 
    Breeder: Gilgai Farm, VIC 
    Race: G2 Hong Kong Jockey Club Premier Bowl Handicap (23 October 2016)

    Cost: $90,000 at 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale
    Purchaser: Ricky Yiu, Hong Kong

  • Lucky Bubbles

    Breeding: Sebring (USA) x Bubbles Below (AUS)
    Breeder: Gilgai Farm, VIC 
    Race: Group One HKJC Chairman’s Sprint Prize (7 May 2017)

     

  • Luger

    Breeding: Choisir x Miss Conception
    Breeder: Bylong Park Thoroughbreds
    Race: Hong Kong, HK-Group 1 Hong Kong Derby
    Cost: $260,000 at the 2012 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale
    Vendor: Bylong Park Thoroughbred
    Buyer: John Foote Bloodstock

    Race Wins and Replays

    2015 Gr 1 Hong Kong Derby

  • Mr Stunning

    Breeding: Exceed And Excel (AUS) x With Fervour (USA) 
    Breeder: Makybe Racing, VIC 
    Race: G2 Sprint Cup at Sha Tin (9 April 2017)

    Cost: $110,000 at 2013 Inglis Great Southern Sale
    Purchaser: Lyndhurst Farm, NZ

  • Not Listenin’tome

    Breeding: Dylan Thomas (IRE) x Flame of Sydney (AUS)
    Breeder: MA Pitt & M Read, NSW 
    Race: G2 HKJC BOCHK Wealth Management JC Sprint (20 November 2016)

    Cost: $270,000 at 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale
    Purchaser: George Moore Bloodstock, Hong Kong