Hong Kong Champion Returning to Turangga Farm

Hong Kong champion Able Friend has been retired and will return to Australia where he will spend his days at the Ramsey family's Turangga Farm in NSW where he was born.

Able Friend (Shamardal (USA) x Ponte Piccolo) was sold by Turangga Farm for $550,000 at the 2011 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale to George Moore Bloodstock.

He joined the stable of John Moore, going on to be the highest-rated horse to race in Hong Kong.

the winner of four Group I races, Able Friend will be farewelled at a special ceremony at Sha Tin on Sunday.

"He was the equal of any horse on the planet at his peak," Moore told the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

"He'll be known as a legend here. He's earned his place in Hong Kong folklore as that strapping, big chestnut with the electrifying turn of foot.

"The public really took to him.

"He just obliterated the best here in Hong Kong.

"While we'll miss him, I'm sure when he gets back to the farm where he was born he'll enjoy a lovely retirement - probably eye-balling sheep and cattle!"

Moore has often referred to the horse as "Big Red"; his stable's mafoos (stable staff) affectionately called him "Dai Bun Cheung", a Cantonese term that translates, thereabouts, to "Big Elephant".

In January 2016, Able Friend was found to have suffered a deep digital flexor tendon injury in his right front leg.

After recuperating in Australia, he returned to Hong Kong but failed to win in four starts this season, so is now destined for a leisurely and well deserved retirement at Turangga Farm.