Beauty Generation (Zac Purton) leads all the way for another Group One win in Hong Kong.
Star New Zealand-bred Beauty Generation strengthened his claims for Hong Kong’s end-of-season awards with his third Group One win in yesterday’s Champions Mile at Sha Tin.
The son of Road To Rock won the Hong Kong Mile in December and the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup in February, and yesterday he added the HK$18 million Champions Mile with another powerful front-running performance.
Beauty Generation had to be ridden along in the early stages to find his favoured leading position, but from there he never looked back. He kicked strongly in the straight and held a comfortable margin of a length to the finish.
“It wasn’t ideal that he didn’t really muster out of the gates like he normally does,” Purton said. “He didn’t really dwell, he just wasn’t that quick. I actually thought Pingwu Spark had the speed to cross me early and he was going to cross, but as he was coming, he seemed to spot something and shy and he lost his momentum. That allowed me to roll back underneath him and take control.
“That was a crucial part of the race and I feel that is where we won it. It meant that I could dictate from there, and I was always going to be hard to run down when I got out on the speed. He doesn’t really quicken but he lengthens and that’s when he’s hard to run down.”
Bred by Nearco Stud and sold for $60,000 at Karaka as a yearling by Highden Park, Beauty Generation has won nine of his 22 starts, placing in another seven for prize-money in excess of NZ$7 million.
Trainer John Moore is now keen to take a shot at the Horse of the Year title, possibly by stepping up to 2400 metres for the Gr. 1 Champions & Chater Cup at the end of May. Another possibility is the Kranji Mile in Singapore.
“Coming into today, you’d have thought it was a close call between Time Warp and Beauty Generation for Horse of the Year,” Moore said.
“Pakistan Star might have entered the conversation today too, but Beauty Generation has won three Group One races and done it against international company, so he might just be the best horse in town.
“If we need a few more points on the board, then the Singapore race might be on the cards. I’d consider the Champions & Chater too, but if I made a mistake and he ran down the field, it could hurt his case. He’s the iron horse of Hong Kong though, to be up so long and to go out and win that sort of race like he did, he’s something.”