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2009 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup and Mile

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Good Ba Ba wins the 2009 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile
Good Ba Ba wins the 2009 Hong Kong Mile

Good Ba Ba wins the 2009 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile

© Vanessa Ng
A field of 14 older horses went to post in the HK$16 million ($2.1 million U.S.) Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile (G1) at 1600 meters. Happy Zero, winner of both the Sha Tin Trophy and the Sprint Trial, both over this course, was sent off as the 9-10 favorite over 5-2 second choice and two-time champion Good Ba Ba, winless since the Steward's Cup in January and 3rd in the Mile Trial last out, and 12-1 third choice Fellowship, winner of the Mile Trial after finishing 6th in the Sha Tin Trophy.

Egyptian Ra set early fractions of 25.02, 47.52, and 1:11.04 while being stalked by Able One and Sight Winner. Able One moved up to challenge at the 3/16 pole and the pair briefly battled for the lead before both tired. Good Ba Ba, who was near the back of the field in the early stages, came out wide for run at the top of the stretch and closed with a rush to take the lead at the 1/16 pole. Favorite Happy Zero put in a strong rally of his own from well back but Good Ba Ba held him off late by 1/2 a length to pull off the three-peat in 1:34.60 over the good course. It was just a head back to Fellowship third, while pacesetter Egyptian Ra was just another neck back in fourth.

Results chart from HKJC with video replay

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