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Moore Has Faith In Able Friend

Monday, 30th January 2017

Trainer John Moore says champion Hong Kong miler Able Friend (Shamardal-Ponte Piccolo, by Volksraad) can win today's Gr1 Stewards' Cup at Sha Tin despite being only 95 per cent fit, reports the South China Morning Post. The Australian-bred former Hong Kong Horse of the Year will be having his second run since resuming with a sixth placing (beaten 2 lengths) in the Gr1 Hong Kong Mile on 11 December, his first start after more than a year on the sidelines recuperating from a rare tendon injury in his front right foot. “No. I don’t think it’s unreasonable at all to think that we’ll get him back to where he was,” Moore said. “He’s an older horse now but with low mileage on the clock, he’s sound and just suffered an injury that I’ve never seen before. That injury has totally healed, he passed his vet check for this race without any questions and it has just been a case of getting him fit again." Moore added: "He looks a treat, his action’s great – he might not be 100 per cent yet but how fit does he need to be to win this race? I’d say if he’s even 95 per cent, he’s got a panel or two on them.” Today's Stewards' Cup will also see the return of Able Friend's stable-mate Werther (Tavistock-Bagalollies, by Zabeel) from injury. The reigning Hong Kong Horse of the Year has been sidelined since suffering a suspensory injury to his right hind leg in track work last August.

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