The Australian-bred son of Shamardal figured to be tough to beat, having
Poorly drawn in post 11 here, Able Friend was taken back near the rear of the
“The way he’s won, coming from a long way back, passing by them and not even
being hit by the whip — wow! He’s such an amazing horse,” Moreira marveled. He
has a great turn of foot and the way he won today gives me the feeling that he’s
the best horse I’ve ever sat on.
“I was never worried in the race and knew exactly what I was doing. I have a
lot of faith in this horse and knew he was just going to come over the top of
them. He has that kind of stride, a really big stride, that I knew that if he
put it all together he was just going to run over the top.”
Moore was similarly awe-struck by the performance.
“To see the facile win today was just amazing and I’m just a very lucky
person,” the trainer said. “This horse has a turn of foot as he can relax
through his races. He’s not spending a penny — you just show him daylight and
he’s got an explosive kick. Some of the horses today were serious horses and I
think I’ve got one of the better milers on the planet.”
“We wanted to change things up a bit — take the initiative and make the
“We tried different tactics but we still got beaten by a champion horse and
Gold-Fun just salvaged runner-up honors from the flying Japanese pair of
Able Friend’s scorecard now stands at 14-8-4-1. An A$550,000 Inglis Easter
purchase, the chestnut was bred by Ramsey Pastoral Pty Ltd. He raced twice in
his native Australia for Team Hawkes, missing narrowly after being hampered in
his Rosehill debut and then opening his account in a Wyong handicap. His early
education complete, Able Friend graduated to Hong Kong, and the rest is history.
“It will be the Stewards’ Cup next,” Moore said of the next mile major on
January 25, “and I’ll do my utmost to convince the owner to go for the Dubai
Duty Free — but that might be a long lunch and a lot of alcohol. We’re so happy
we’ve got him in the yard and we look forward to better things.”
Able Friend was produced by multiple Group 3-placed stakes heroine Ponte
Piccolo, a Volksraad half-sister to South African Group 1 winner Global News.