Connections of reigning Hong Kong Horse of the Year Beauty Generation were glowing in their praise of the New Zealand-bred gelding after his barrier trial on Tuesday.
The Road to Rock gelding is being set for the Gr.1 Stewards’ Cup (1600m) at Sha Tin on January 20 after winning his fourth Group One in the Longines Hong Kong Mile (1600m) last month.
“He just seems to be getting better,” jockey Zac Purton said. “It’s getting into scary territory now, how good he’s starting to become.
“He strode out really well and worked up to the line under his own steam. He had a nice little blow out and pulled up really well. He’s a happy horse at the moment.
“It’s like he’s got stronger and got a lot more confidence. He seems to do it with ease and he enjoys doing it.”