Beauty Generation caned his rivals on his return to action in the G3 Celebration Cup Handicap (1400m) at Sha Tin today, Tuesday, 1 October.
Hong Kong’s star galloper displayed imperious form at his first start of the season. The brilliant bay brushed off the burden of 133lb, as well as large weight concessions to all his rivals, and surged to victory in a track record 1m 20.05s.
“He’s just an amazing horse. To do what he does defies logic to a certain degree,” jockey Zac Purton said. “We only just started to see the best of him at the end of last season so I believe he’s still got plenty ahead of him now.”
Beauty Generation now holds Sha Tin track records at three distances, with today’s 1400m mark standing alongside his jaw-dropping mile time and, remarkably, an all-time best over 2200m.
“That’s the first part of the mission accomplished!” trainer John Moore said. “With the tail-wind in the straight today I thought he’d have to break a track record to give so much weight away to the others and he did.
“Zac said he felt it in the last 50 metres but that’s to be expected when you’re carrying 133 pounds and giving away so much weight.”
Beauty Generation’s victory marked him as the first to complete a hat-trick in the seven-furlong contest. Moore’s plan now is to follow the usual route to what he hopes will be a third win in December’s G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile.
“We’re right on target now to go and do what we did last season. Let’s move on to the next one, the Group 2 mile on 20 October, and then the Mile trial (G2 Jockey Club Mile) in November,” Moore said.