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Champions Mile

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beauty generation takes the champions mile at sha tin
BEAUTY GENERATION takes the Champions Mile at Sha Tin. Picture: HKJC

The Champions Mile is a Group 1 race run under Weight For Age conditions for the milers at Sha Tin conducted by Hong Kong Jockey Club.
The Champions Mile is run over 1600m. It was first run in 2001 and won by Red Pepper.
The Champions Mile is the only one of Hong Kong’s 12 Group 1 contests to have been established after the turn of the millennium.
The race was established initially as a HKG1 contest, designed as a finale for Hong Kong’s star milers, and it was the Brian Kan-trained Red Pepper that scored under Eric Legrix.
The race obtained Group 1 status in 2007 after being allowed as an open international race in 2005.
Two internationally trained horses have won the Champions Mile – Variety Club and Maurice.
2017 winner Contentment gave trainer John Size a third win in the Champions Mile. John Moore is the only trainer to have more wins in this race than Size, scoring seven times since 2007.
Brett Prebble notched his third Champions Mile win with Contentment in 2017, making him the most successful jockey in this race. He is followed by reigning champion jockey Joao Moreira and retired rider Darren Beadman at two wins apiece.
Japanese star Maurice had a love affair with Sha Tin winning a Hong Kong Mile, a Champions Mile and ended his career with a huge Hong Kong Cup win.
He is one of only three overseas horses to have won three races in Hong Kong. Winning this race five months after his success in the 2015 Hong Kong Mile, he completed the trio when taking the Hong Kong Cup later in 2016.
In 2017 Rapper Dragon was a very short priced favourite after a series of spectacular efforts including the Derby. He was expected to score but was sluggish out of the gates and then broke down at the 700m mark. Sadly he broke the pelvis and couldn’t be saved.
Only five favourites have won this race in the last 18 editions, most recently Beauty Generation. Able Friend was sent off at odds of $1.20 in 2015, is the shortest-priced winner in Champions Mile history.
The Champions Mile is worth HK$18m in 2019.
Some notable winners of the Champions Mile include Beauty Generation (2018), Maurice (2016), Able Friend (2015), Dan Excel (2013), Xtension (2011/2012), Able One (2007/2010), Good Ba Ba (2008), Bullish Luck (2005/2006), Electronic Unicorn (2003) and Jeune King Prawn (2002).
The 2018 Champions Mile was won by Beauty Generation from Western Express and Southern Legend.
 
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Previous Champions Mile Winners

Date Horse Jockey WT Trainer BP
BEAUTY GENERATION (NZ) 6G
ROAD TO ROCK (AUS) - STYLISH BEL (AUS) BEL ESPRIT (AUS)
Z PURTON 57.0 JOHN MOORE 2
BEAUTY GENERATION (NZ) 5G
ROAD TO ROCK (AUS) - STYLISH BEL (AUS) BEL ESPRIT (AUS)
Z PURTON 57.0 JOHN MOORE 1
CONTENTMENT (AUS) 6G
HUSSONET (USA) - JEMISON (AUS) COMMANDS (AUS)
B PREBBLE 57.0 JOHN SIZE 1
MAURICE (JPN) 5H
SCREEN HERO (JPN) - MEJIRO FRANCES (JPN) CARNEGIE (IRE)
J MOREIRA 57.0 N HORI 6
ABLE FRIEND (AUS) 5G
SHAMARDAL (USA) - PONTE PICCOLO (NZ) VOLKSRAAD (GB)
J MOREIRA 57.0 JOHN MOORE 2
VARIETY CLUB (SAF) 5H
VAR (USA) - LA MASSINE (SAF) SECRET PROSPECTOR (USA)
ANTON MARCUS 57.0 M F DE KOCK 12
DAN EXCEL (IRE) 5G
SHAMARDAL (USA) - LOVE EXCELLING (FR) POLISH PRECEDENT (USA)
WEICHONG MARWING 57.0 JOHN MOORE 1
XTENSION (IRE) 5H
XAAR (GB) - GREAT JOY (IRE) GRAND LODGE (USA)
J B MCDONALD 57.0 JOHN MOORE 8
XTENSION (IRE) 4H
XAAR (GB) - GREAT JOY (IRE) GRAND LODGE (USA)
D BEADMAN 57.0 JOHN MOORE 7
ABLE ONE (NZ) 7G
CAPE CROSS (IRE) - GARDENIA (NZ) DANEHILL (USA)
D BEADMAN 58.0 JOHN MOORE 8
SIGHT WINNER (NZ) 5G
FALTAAT (USA) - KINJINETTE (GB) KINJITE (NZ)
B PREBBLE 58.0 JOHN SIZE 9
GOOD BA BA (USA) 6G
LEAR FAN (USA) - ELLE MEME (USA) ZILZAL (USA)
O DOLEUZE 58.0 ANDREAS SCHUTZ 4
ABLE ONE (NZ) 4G
CAPE CROSS (IRE) - GARDENIA (NZ) DANEHILL (USA)
M KINANE 58.0 JOHN MOORE 7
BULLISH LUCK (USA) 7G
ROYAL ACADEMY (USA) - WILD VINTAGE (USA) ALYSHEBA (USA)
B PREBBLE 58.0 A S CRUZ 2
BULLISH LUCK (USA) 6G
ROYAL ACADEMY (USA) - WILD VINTAGE (USA) ALYSHEBA (USA)
G MOSSE 58.0 A S CRUZ 2
FIGURES (OLD) 104G
MAROOF (USA) - MERCUROUS (NZ) PRECISE END (JPN)
T MUNDRY 58.0 D OUGHTON 8
ELECTRONIC UNICORN (USA) 7H
HOUSEBUSTER (USA) - LILAC GARDEN (USA)
R FRADD 58.0 JOHN SIZE 1

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