Tony Cruz is undaunted as he prepares to pitch Ka Ying Star against the might of Beauty Generation in the G3 Celebration Cup Handicap (1400m) at Sha Tin on Tuesday (1 October).
“It’s looking like a really tough race but I’m not afraid of Beauty Generation,” the two-time champion trainer said this morning (Friday, 27 September).
Beauty Generation is slated to carry 133lb for his first-up run, just as he did last year when he claimed the trophy for a second year in a row. But the Horse of the Year’s local rating has since climbed a further 11 notches to 137, positioning him 14 points clear of next best Southern Legend and a gaping 29 points ahead of Ka Ying Star.
Only Southern Legend (119lb) will race from within the handicap proper should the current 10-strong entry line-up next week. Ka Ying Star is one of eight contenders set to carry bottom-weight of 113lb, which would mean the Cruz galloper being 9lb ‘wrong’.
“Beauty Generation has to give a lot of weight away to some good horses, so it’s those other horses I’m worried about more,” Cruz said. “I don’t think Beauty Generation can give that much weight to so many horses, you’d think one of those carrying 113 or 114 might be able to beat him.”