Beauty Generation’s campaign ramped up a notch this morning (Tuesday, 15 September) at Sha Tin with a 1000m turf barrier trial that connections hope will lead to a fourth consecutive win in the G3 Celebration Cup Handicap (1400m) in a fortnight’s time, before pointing him to his main target, December’s LONGINES Hong Kong International Races.
Hong Kong’s standout miler of recent seasons strode down the home straight shortly after dawn. The bay travelled close to the inner guide markers under Zac Purton, galloped by the winning post eighth behind Amazing Chocolate (clocked at 57.14s), and advanced after the line to lead the pack around the bend.
“He’s come out of it well,” trainer David Hayes said of the veteran, now an eight-year-old. “He was beaten a bit for speed in the middle stages, but I thought through the line was pretty strong and more importantly Zac said he felt like his old self.”
The Road To Rock gelding returns for his sixth season with a Hong Kong record of more than HK$100 million in prize money in the bag and searching for his ninth G1. Once again, his campaign will commence with the Celebration Cup and, like last year, he will shoulder top-weight of 133lb.
A Hong Kong rating of 130 means that the two-time world champion miler could well give last term’s Four-Year-Old Classic Series hero Golden Sixty a whopping 18lb.
“He’ll be better at a mile and what I’m trying to do is have him at his best in December – just building him up,” Hayes said.
“I’m still learning with him, but I think he’ll tighten up and improve and have a gallop next week and he should be ready to go in two weeks’ time.”