Beauty Generation has enjoyed his summer downtime judging by the sheen of his coat and the barreling depth to his girth.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen him look this fat, to be honest. He’s a big boy, he’s carrying a lot of condition,” jockey Zac Purton said of Hong Kong’s current supreme champion.
The Patrick Kwok-owned seven-year-old has not raced since an impressive victory in the G1 FWD Champions Mile on 28 April. That was his eighth win of an incredible season, a record haul for a single Hong Kong campaign, and pushed his career earnings to a new local high of HK$84,770,000.
After four months without competition, the Road To Rock gelding is entitled to be a little soft around the edges. But the summer girth is already receding back to the athlete’s frame, lean and tight again. Preparations are gearing towards his comeback run a little more than four weeks hence when he will attempt to win the Celebration Cup for a third time.
“He’ll be first-up on the first of October, the 1400m Group 3,” trainer John Moore said. “He’s done very well, he’s about 30lb over his weight but that will come off, he’s looking good!”
Despite the cheeky “fat” jibe, Purton was in agreement. The champion jockey knows the drill; he knows that Moore will have the New Zealand-bred ready to run a race when he returns but the rider is not making any assumptions about continuing the unbeaten streak.
“The horse is definitely well, he looks really good, he’s glowing in his coat and his character suggests he can’t wait to get on with things,” Purton said.
“We’re only just over a month out from his first run and he’ll go into that race underdone, as he did last season when his class carried him through. He’ll have to give more weight away, the way the ratings are this season, so it’s not going to be an easy start for him.
“But he goes so well fresh that I’m still sure he’s going to run well. As we go towards December, John will just keep tightening the girth on him and we’ll have him peaking on the right day.”