Royal Ascot: Able Friend flops in Queen Anne Stakes   Leave a comment

Royal Ascot: Able Friend flops in Queen Anne Stakes

Hong Kong superstar Able Friend.

Hong Kong superstar Able Friend. Source: Getty Images

ABLE Friend has produced a career-worst performance to finish a distant sixth in the Queen Anne Stakes behind French star Solow.

Pushed to keep in touch from the 400m mark, the Australian-bred Hong Kong superstar paddled into sixth place.

A cult figure in Asian racing’s most competitive stage, Able Friend had won 12 of 18 starts, including eight over 1600m at Sha Tin.

Initially trained in Australia by John. Michael and Wayne Hawkes, Able Friend had never previously finished worse than fourth.

But he fell victim to Royal Ascot’s punishing undulations as Solow, Estorique and Cougar Mountain fought out the finish.

Some of Europe’s greatest gallopers have triumphed in the Queen Anne, including Frankel, Markofdistinction and Barathea – and Dubai Turf winner Solow is on the rise towards that company.

Australia’s Haradasun won in 2008 whe trained by Aidan O’Brien.

Originally published as Able Friend flops in Queen Anne Stakes

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Posted June 17, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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