Beauty Generation scores an all-the-way win in the Celebration Cup at Sha Tin. Photo: Hong Kong Jockey Club.
The Gr. 3 Celebration Cup at Sha Tin on Sunday produced a great result for the New Zealand breeding industry, and particularly for Ruakaka trainer Donna Logan and her partner Peter Woods.
The 1400-metre race was won in dashing all-the-way style by the New Zealand-bred Beauty Generation.
Placed in the Rosehill Guineas under his former name Montaigne, the five-year-old gelding overcame his extreme outside gate for a clear-cut win in the HK$3 million feature for trainer John Moore and rider Derek Leung. It was his third win from eight Hong Kong starts.
Beauty Generation is by Road to Rock out of the Bel Esprit mare Stylish Bel, who is owned by the Peter Woods Family Trust.
Stylish Bel is the dam of two winners from two foals to race, with Road to Rock gelding Steel Cutter also successful in Singapore and Malaysia.
Beauty Generation was bred by Nearco Stud, which holds shares in Road to Rock. Nearco’s bloodstock consultant Adrian Clark leased a number of mares to send to the stallion during the 2011 breeding season, and Stylish Bel was among them.
Back in Woods’ ownership, Stylish Bel has since produced a colt by Echoes Of Heaven who is now a two-year-old in training with Logan and Chris Gibbs. She is in-foal to Cambridge Stud sensation Tavistock.