Beauty Generation bolstered his position at the top of the jurisdiction’s sprinter-miler ranks today (Sunday, 25 February), taking the G1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m) at Sha Tin.
The John Moore-trained five-year-old, ridden by Zac Purton, settled outside leader Peniaphobia in the early stages of the HK$10 million feature before assuming the lead entering the straight. The gelding was joined on his inside by the Joao Moreira-ridden Beat The Clock approaching the 100m, but Beauty Generation was stoic to the line, holding off the favourite to score by a head.
“He was headed, but he waits for the other horses to come to him a little bit,” Purton said. “He gives a bit of a kick and then he just wanders. I think I have Joao to thank, though. He snuck up on my inside, quiet as a church mouse, but as he got on level terms, he roared at his horse – but my horse kicked!”
Beauty Generation was originally purchased as a BMW Hong Kong Derby horse by Moore and was campaigned over further as a four-year-old last season. However, he did boast a pre-import placing in the 2016 G2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) behind G1 winners Press Statement and Le Romain, suggesting he could have a future over shorter trips.