Beauty Only enjoyed an unchallenged position as the Kwok family’s leading light in recent seasons but that changed last month when Beauty Generation carried another variation of the dynasty’s pink, black and white silks to victory in the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile.
The Tony Cruz-trained Beauty Only, Hong Kong’s champion miler last term, relinquished his Hong Kong Mile crown and his Kwok-string supremacy with a below-par seventh that day. The seven-year-old will re-oppose his younger usurper in Sunday’s (28 January) HK$10 million G1 Stewards’ Cup (1600m) at Sha Tin Racecourse.
“He’s a forgotten horse a little bit, he’s getting a bit older and he hasn’t been at his best this season but it’s dangerous to write him off,” Cruz said at Sha Tin this morning.
“In the Hong Kong Mile, he pulled up with a bruised foot around the toe area and it was hurting him, so he didn’t run his best race,” he revealed.
Beauty Only has stepped out since then with a solid fourth in the G3 Chinese Club Challenge Cup Handicap (1400m) on New Year’s Day, behind fellow Stewards’ Cup rivals Fifty Fifty and third-placed Helene Paragon. The Italian import showed a flash of his old self, storming the stretch in a race fastest 22.25s under a 132lb impost, 19lb more than the winner.
“He ran well last time to finish fourth, so he showed me there that he’s coming into form and I think he has a good chance. If he comes back to his best form he can win the race,” Cruz said.