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Able Friend Records Jaw-Dropping Hong Kong Mile Victory

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Able Friend Records Jaw-Dropping Hong Kong Mile Victory

When it was announced early Sunday morning that 2012 G1 Hong Kong Mile winner Ambitious Dragon (NZ) (Pins) would be forced to miss this year's race after failing to pass the vet, Able Friend (Aus) (Shamardal) was, for a time, a money-back proposition. You bet. He wins. You go back to the cage and get returned whatever you invested. Thanks for playing.
 

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THE CHAMPIONS MILE 2010 : BARRIER DRAW

imbongi hong kong mile
imbongi hong kong mile

Imbongi

(Photo : Hong Kong Jockey Club)

HONG KONG MILE (GR1)

Sha Tin, 25 April 2010

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Horse

Representing

Trainer

Draw

1

GOOD BA BA

HONG KONG

Derek Cruz

1

2

EGYPTIAN RA

HONG KONG

Tony Cruz

12

3

FELLOWSHIP

HONG KONG

Paul O’Sullivan

7

4

SIGHT WINNER

HONG KONG

John Size

5

5

ABLE ONE

HONG KONG

John Moore

8

6

BEAUTY FLASH

HONG KONG

Tony Cruz

2

7

DAO DAO

AUSTRALIA

John Hawkes

10

8

THUMBS UP

HONG KONG

Danny Shum

9

9

IMBONGI

SOUTH AFRICA

Mike de Kock

6

10

SUNNY KING

HONG KONG

John Moore

3

11

FAIR TRADE

HONG KONG

Caspar Fownes

11

12

BRAVE KID

HONG KONG

John Size

4

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IMBONGI LOOKS THE PART IN SHA TIN TRACKWORK

imbongi sha tin
imbongi sha tin

Imbongi

(Photo : Hong Kong Jockey Club)

HK$12MILLION HONG KONG MILE (Grade 1)

Sha Tin Racecourse, 1600m, Turf

25 April 2010

charl pretorius racingweb
charl pretorius racingweb

Charl Pretorius www.racingweb.co.zaSummerhill Stud’s proud warrior Imbongi seems to know he finished third in the prestigious Group 1 Dubai Duty Free just a few weeks ago. Above is a photo of his trackwork at Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, taken yesterday, in preparation for Sunday’s Group 1 Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin racecourse.

Imbongi finished sixth, beaten 1.75 lengths in the 2009 Champions Mile. Is he a better horse this year than last?

Mike de Kock’s assistant trainer Steven Jell is cautiously hopeful. “He could be a little better as he may be coming into the race a little bit fitter,” he replied. “The 1800m of the Dubai Duty Free may have stretched him a bit as his best trips are probably 1400m or a mile, but he still ran a very good race.”

“Last year’s Champions Mile was run slow and the track was rain affected, and neither of those factors would have suited him. So we’re hopeful he can improve on last year.”

“And one other thing in his favour is that he’s travelled well. He’s not always the best of travellers, but this year he’s been fine.”

Jell also put Dubai World Cup runner-up Lizard’s Desire through his paces. He will face the starter in the Audemars Piguet QEII Cup over 2000m.

Both Imbongi and Lizard’s Desire will be ridden by Christophe Soumillon.

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IMBONGI GETS WORLD’S HOTTEST JOCKEY

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christophe soumillon jockey

Christophe Soumillon

(Photo : Journal de l’Equitation)

IMBONGI, CHRISTOPHE SOUMILLON AND THE HONG KONG MILE

News yesterday morning, was that Europe’s best jockey, Christophe Soumillon had confirmed his availability for the ride on Imbongiin next week’s Hong Kong Mile. It’s no different to the motor racing world, where it matters whether you get Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton or Michael Schumacher. The jockey counts, and this a first step in the right direction.

Imbongi is still sitting in Dubai, awaiting the conclusion of his quarantine after a cracker of a season during the Carnival, and ran a “buster” of a run on World Cup night. He must’ve been looking forward to his break, though Mike de Kock knows, you can’t rest forever. The Hong Kong Mile is always one of the most competitive events at the distance in the world, and this one will be no different. Imbongi will have to be at the top of his game to justify Soumillon’s trip across the eight time zones to partner him.

Knowing Imbongi, he’ll make it count. 

HK$12MILLION CHAMPIONS MILE (Group 1)

Sha Tin, 1600m, Turf

25 April 2010

Final Selections

Horse

Country

Int Rating

Age

Weight (lb)

Trainer

GOOD BA BA (USA)**

Hong Kong

112

8

126

Derek Cruz

EGYPTIAN RA (NZ)*

Hong Kong

119

8

126

Tony Cruz

FELLOWSHIP (NZ)*

Hong Kong

118

7

126

Paul O’Sullivan

SIGHT WINNER (NZ)**

Hong Kong

117

6

126

John Size

ABLE ONE (NZ)**

Hong Kong

116

7

126

John Moore

BEAUTY FLASH (NZ)*

Hong Kong

116

4

126

Tony Cruz

DAO DAO (AUS)

Australia

116

6

126

John Hawkes

THUMBS UP (NZ)*

Hong Kong

115

5

126

Danny Shum

CAT JUNIOR (USA)

Great Britain

114

5

126

Brian Meehan

IMBONGI (SAF)

South Africa

114

5

126

Mike de Kock

SUNNY KING (IRE)

Hong Kong

114

7

126

John Moore

FAIR TRADE (AUS)

Hong Kong

111

4

126

Caspar Fownes

BRAVE KID (AUS)

Hong Kong

110

4

126

John Size

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** International Group 1 Winner

* Hong Kong Group 1 Winner

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SOUMILLON TO PILOT IMBONGI IN HONG KONG MILE

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christophe soumillon

Christophe Soumillon

(Photo : Turf Zone)

AUDEMARS PIGUET QEII CUP AND CHAMPIONS MILE

25 APRIL 2010

Mike de Kock has confirmed that Christophe Soumillon is booked to pilot Imbongi in the Group 1 Hong Kong Champions Mile and Lizard’s Desire in the Group 1 Audemars Piguet QEII Cup on Sunday 25 April at Sha-Tin racecourse, Hong Kong.

This follows the successful partnership of Soumillon with Imbongi and Lizard’s Desire during the 2010 Dubai International Racing Carnival.

Final declarations fall due on Thursday, 22 April.

The races are worth HK$14 million and HK$12 million respectively.

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Hong Kong Champions Mile Group 1 : POST MORTEM


Champions Mile Gr1 2009
Sha Tin, Hong Kong

Mike de Kock is back in South Africa, so we can all breathe a sigh of relief. The man is a national treasure, and when it comes to the reputation of South African racehorses and their exportability, nobody’s done more for the game. We picked up on him shortly after he landed, and his feelings about Imbongi’s run (he finished just on two lengths behind the winner), was that he would’ve been a lot closer had he not lost ground on the bend. There was no explanation for it, other than the horse had a little bit of the “slows” midway through the race, yet he ran on resolutely, to get within two lengths of the winner, winding up 6th with a cheque in hand.

Mike’s feeling is that the setbacks his horses suffered in Dubai in the month leading to the World Cup, left them a little short in terms of their preparations, and he feels we’ll see a good bit of improvement when they start up their motors in England in the next month or two. Stay with us, there’ll be more to come from Imbongi.

ANTHONY DELPECH : A Star in Racing's Firmament

There are not many of us who understand what it takes to be a world-class race jockey. One man who’s had an almost uncanny association with the best horses from Summerhill, is Anthony Delpech.

THE CHAMPIONS MILE (Gr.1) : Sunday dawns in Hong Kong

Imbongi 23 April 2009
(Photo : Hong Kong Jockey Club)

You can go into any worthwhile website on racing anywhere in the world right now, and you can pick up news of this weekend’s big events in Hong Kong, including the Champions Mile. However, the one thing you won’t get is a statement from the horse’s mouth, so we thought we’d bring you news of our most recent bulletin from Mike de Kock, who sends our home-bred, Imbongi to post on Sunday.

Anyone hoping to make any sort of impression in this race would have to take history into account in their calculations, knowing that in all its time, the Hong Kong Champions Mile has yet to witness a placed runner among its foreign raiders, and that last year’s spectacular hero, Good Ba Ba reached the post in an amazing 1min 31.3 secs, and you know what you’re up against.

However, Mike de Kock is of the firm view that Imbongi is a real contender, provided he is over the troubles which confronted so many of the Mike de Kock stable in Dubai over the World Cup, and if Imbongi can get back to a modicum of the form which carried him to stardom in two Guineas and a triumph over Horse Of The Year, Pocket Power ans well as four other Grade One winners in the Drill Hall last season. Mike tells us though, that Imbongi managed an official “bullet” 21,5 secs for the last 400m of his final workout on Tuesday. If that’s not notice he’s ready to run for his life, tell us what is?

Keep your heads down, there could be an explosion Sunday morning (9:55 am our time).

Imbongi and Archipenko working well in Hong Kong

imbongi and archipenkoArchipenko (left) and Imbongi (right)
(Photo : www.racingweb.co.za)

Racingweb reports that Archipenko and Imbongi enjoyed a refreshing time in the wash bay after their Saturday workout at Sha-Tin racecourse in Hong Kong.

Mike de Kock’s runners are being prepared for this week’s Audemars Piguet QEII Cup and Hong Kong Mile respectively and assistant trainer Steven Jell tells racingweb.co.za: “Archie with Kevin Shea and Imbongi ridden by Jeff Lloyd worked together over 1400m on the grass track proper at Sha-Tin today (Saturday) and they were impressive.”

“We’ve had quite a lot of rain so the track is in good condition. They picked up speed from the 800m mark and completed the last 400m in an official 21.5s, very good. Both are looking well and we’re looking forward to next week.”

Mike de Kock himself will be jetting to Hong Kong within the next few days.

HONG KONG BECKONS : SUMMERHILL WILL BE THERE

hong kong horse racingScenes from Hong Kong
(Photo : Hong Kong Jockey Club)

“A piece from Mick Goss”

Growing up in one of the remotest parts of the world as the son of a Pondo trader, I never imagined myself as the owner of an international class racehorse, let alone partnering a member of a nation’s ruling family and running for R14million, at Group One level. Yet that is what Imbongi has done for Summerhill Stud, and next weekend he gets his chance to take on some of the world’s best milers in the Hong Kong Mile (Gr.1). His travel mate, Archipenko, showered himself in glory as the hero of last year’s Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (Gr.1), and he returns this year to defend his crown.

Hard on the heels of Summerhill-bred, raised and educated Paris Perfect’s $600,000 romp in the Dubai World Cup (Gr.1), and Art Of War’s stand out billing from Mike de Kock as the “biggest surprise of the Dubai Carnival”, Imbongi now gets his chance to show to the world what made him the most formidable three-year-old miler in South Africa last year.

Keep a check on Mike de Kock’s website for all the latest news from Hong Kong.

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