Able Friend was expected to brush aside his seven rivals April 7 in the Chairman's Trophy, a local group II race, at Hong Kong's Sha Tin Racecourse, and he did not disappoint, albeit not at his impressive best.
Imperious in his previous three starts, Able Friend was even more impressive March 15 in winning the first international edition of Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup (HK-I) at Sha Tin.
Three-year-old Brazen Beau pulled a huge upset March 14 in winning the Lexus Newmarket Handicap (Aus-I) at Flemington, while Australian Horse of the Year Lankan Rupee not only was beaten but failed to place.
Dr. Cornel Li's formidable miler Able Friend wore down pacesetter Beauty Flame and notched a second straight group I victory when taking the HK$10 million Stewards' Cup Jan. 25 at Sha Tin.
Designs On Rome was named Hong Kong Horse of the Year of the 2013-14 during ceremonies July 4.
Coverage of Sterling City's win in the Dubai Golden Shaheen from the parade ring to the race to interviews with jockey Joao Moreira and trainer John Moore. Watch Video
Coverage of Amber Sky's win in the Al Quoz Sprint, from the walking ring to post-race interviews with jockey Joao Moreira and trainer Ricky Yiu. Watch Video
Sterling City (AUS) won the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) in just his third start of 2014 on March 29 at Meydan, powering home in late stretch to claim the 1,200 meter (about six-furlong) event for Hong Kong.
Jockey Joao "Magic" Moreira, a three-time riding champion in Singapore, made history at Kranji when he won with all eight of his mounts on the evening of Sept. 6.
Gerald Mosse led Europe to a decisive victory in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup jockey competition Aug. 10 at Ascot. Teams that included elite American riders Gary Stevens and Rosie Napravnik finished third and fourth.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens departed Aug. 7 for England where he will captain the "Rest of the World" team for the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup international jockey competition at Ascot Aug. 10.
Rosie Napravnik, one of North America's leading jockeys, and New Zealand's Lisa Allpress will join Britain's Hayley Turner on the Girls Team for the 2013 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Aug. 10 at Ascot.
It certainly didn't come easily for him, but Singapore star Super Easy was able to hang on in the final strides to win the Singapore Guineas by a half-length at Kranji Racecourse May 18.
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