Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road To Rock) claimed the Hong Kong Horse of the Year award at a sparkling ceremony held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel tonight, Friday, 13 July. A three-time Group One victor this term, Hong Kong’s standout five-year-old was also named Champion Miler.
John Moore’s stable star had an outstanding sophomore Hong Kong campaign with five wins from eight starts. The gelding, raced by Patrick Kwok Ho Chuen, improved further this term after placing in two of the three Four-Year-Old Classic Series races last season. Victorious on his seasonal reappearance in the G3 Celebration Cup (1400m), Beauty Generation soon added a win in the G2 Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy (1600m), before achieving a career peak – at that point – by taking the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile in December. All three of those triumphs were with Derek Leung in the saddle.
Beauty Generation kept on improving in 2018, scoring his second Group 1 success in the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m) before the Road To Rock gelding rounded off his season in style by winning the G1 Champions Mile at the inaugural Champions Day meeting. His season also earned him the Champion Miler title.
Beauty Generation was a graduate of Highden Park's 2014 Select Yearling draft at the New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sale. Purchased by Hermes Syndications for $60,000 the son of Road To Rock initally raced in Australia under the name Montaigne where he won twice and was runner-up to Tarzino (NZ) (Tavistock) in the Gr.1 Rosehill Guineas. -HKJC