Hong Kong champion Beauty Generation is the equal “world’s best miler” alongside Australian super-mare Winx and is confirmed as Hong Kong’s joint top-rated horse of all-time with a mark of 127 in the 2018 LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings (WBRR) released on Wednesday.
Beauty Generation’s high rating makes him one of the world’s six best racehorses, ranking co-fourth with US star Gun Runner and Europe’s Horse of the Year, Roaring Lion.
Trainer John Moore said: “That’s quite something, to match Winx as the best of the world’s milers: he’s the pride of Hong Kong and he’s the pride of our stable. Anything near Winx is something special because she is the greatest mare racing on the planet, and to be ranked around her rating is remarkable,” Moore said.
“I think it’s fair that he’s rated the same as Able Friend because he too was very good and it’s great for Hong Kong racing and the fans here that we have another horse of that stature. Able Friend had a terrific turn-of-foot whereas this fellow comes off a high speed and grinds the opposition.
“If he was racing anywhere in the world he’d be a force to be reckoned with in the top races,” he added.
Hong Kong’s champion, fresh from an imperious win in the Gr.1 Stewards’ Cup (1600m) at Sha Tin on Sunday, earned his peak rating for an outstanding display in the December 2018 Gr.1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile (1600m) at his home track.
Beauty Generation’s figure matches the rating of another Moore-trained superstar, Able Friend, who achieved his standout mark for a brilliant win in the 2014 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile. -HKJC