MUSIR (photo) has arrived in Hong Kong for another tilt at the BMW Champions Mile at Sha-Tin this Sunday, 6 May.
Last year, Xtension scored his first Hong Kong win in this race, claiming victory over a star-studded field. The four-year-old son of Xaar, trained by John Moore, beat Lucky Nine by half a length, with Musir another short head away in third.
With a relatively short history but a high reputation, the Champions Mile sponsored by elite German car manufacturer BMW will be run on Sunday, 6 May.
First run in the 2000/2001 season, the Champions Mile, a Hong Kong Group 1 race, was initially established as a season finale for the top local milers.
In 2005, the Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Japan Racing Association joined forces to present the inaugural Asian Mile Challenge with the Champions Mile as the first leg and the Yasuda Kinen run in Tokyo as the second leg. This was the first time the Champions Mile was opened to international competition.
All seven editions of the race since 2005 have been won by the Hong Kong-trained milers. In the 2005 Champions Mile the Tony Cruz-trained Bullish Luck defeated his stablemate Silent Witness, the world’s top sprinter on turf who was stepping up to 1600 metres for the first time, by a short head.
Bullish Luck successfully defended his title in the 2006 edition and then landed the Yasuda Kinen in Tokyo to bring his owner a bonus of US$1 million.
In 2007, the Champions Mile was granted International Group One status by the International Cataloguing Standards Committee (ICSC). Able One from John Moore stable had his first taste of success in the event that year and regained his title in the G1 race in 2010. The very honest nine-year-old son of Cape Cross landed his third G1 victory in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile in last December.
Good Ba Ba, the unique triple winner of the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile, put the Champions Mile trophy into his Group One collection in 2008.
In 2009, the John Size-trained Sight Winner overcame Egyptian Ra to score the ever biggest upset in the history of the Group one event at odds of 64-1.