Beauty Generation and Glorious Forever, still basking in the afterglow of Group 1 victories at last month’s LONGINES Hong Kong International Races, rolled with commanding ease through their respective barrier trials at Sha Tin on Tuesday morning (8 January).
Jockey Zac Purton had ominous words for Beauty Generation’s rivals ahead of the upcoming G1 Stewards’ Cup (1600m), and those who might face him beyond that 20 January feature.
“He just seems to be getting better,” he said. “It’s getting into scary territory now, how good he’s starting to become.”
That assessment was delivered after the horse – rated the world’s best specialist turf miler – had cruised through a 1000m grass trial, the first of the morning at a floodlit Sha Tin. John Moore’s stable titan moved powerfully within his capabilities, closing on the talented pace-setter Singapore Sling to finish upsides at the finish, and then drawing away at his leisure until eased to a stop.
“He strode out really well and worked up to the line under his own steam,” Purton said. “He had a nice little blow out and pulled up really well. He’s a happy horse at the moment.
“It’s like he’s got stronger and got a lot more confidence. He seems to do it with ease and he enjoys doing it.”