Beauty Generation brushed aside the younger challenger and shrugged off old rivals to win the G2 Chairman’s Trophy (1600m) at Sha Tin today (Sunday, 5 April), setting up the prospect of an unprecedented third victory in the G1 FWD Champions Mile at the end of the month.
The New Zealand-bred gelding’s success was his 18th as a Hong Kong-based galloper, matching the career tally of the great Silent Witness, and pushed his own record prize money haul past HK$100 million.
“He’s done that nicely leading into the Champions Mile. He’s 100 percent right now, so I’ve just got to carry that through the next three weeks,” trainer John Moore said.
“It was a very nice win, the tempo was absolutely perfect and everything went to plan. My fellow wasn’t hit, it was hands and heels, so it’s a good sign for the Champions Mile – everything is positive.”
The mile feature was billed as a match between Beauty Generation and the circuit’s rising mile star, Waikuku, with the latter having defeated the former the last four times they had met.
But Waikuku failed to show anything like the dash that sealed the G1 Stewards’ Cup (1600m) in January. While Beauty Generation relished a pace-shadowing run on the rain-softened turf, his John Size-trained rival looked less than comfortable and found nothing when pressure was applied.
“He’s got soft track form,” Moore said of the winner. “The feet on him, big feet, and I think for an older guy like that, just that little bit of cushion does him a world of good – he loved it.”
Hands and heels