Able One: three years on a repeat Champions Mile winner
Three years after his first victory in the race, Able One added a second Champions Mile to his battle honours in the 2010 renewal. Huge credit must go to his trainer John Moore who has nursed and nurtured the race's first dual winner since Bullish Luck through a variety of stress fractures which have interfered with the progress of his career. Remarkably, Able One seems a better horse now than he was when winning under Mick Kinane's cunning ride to make all in 2007. "It seems he just gets better with age," remarked owner Dr Cornel Li Fook-kwan. The story of the 2010 Champions Mile is not complex, and it's a familiar one to any who saw Able One's victory in the Chairman's Trophy over course and distance on 4 April. On both occasions the horse travelled comfortably in fourth, then kicked early in the straight and held all opposition at bay. The only difference this time was that Darren Beadman was unable to secure the rail from the number 8 draw. But it made very little difference to the outcome as Able One once again delivered his now trademark burst of speed early in the run for the line and soon had all rivals in trouble. It was left to the superbly consistent Fellowship to give closest chase but, as expected by his connections who recognise the mile just stretches his stamina, the seven-year-old just flattened out in the last 100m, and Able One held him off by a fairly comfortable three quarters of a length. "He has hit a purple patch of form. His last run was very good ...
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