New Zealand-bred gelding Beauty Generation flattened all-comers again at Sha on Sunday as Hong Kong’s champion bagged a sixth career Group One success in the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m).
“It’s just a repeat of what he’s been doing all season,” trainer John Moore said.
Hong Kong’s equal highest-rated (127) horse of all-time had just taken his season’s tally to an impeccable six from six.
“Everyone’s had a go at beating him,” Moore said. “The little bit of hype around a couple of the other horses was fair but he just keeps doing it. He only needed one slap around the backside to get him to accelerate. It was another great ride by Zac (Purton) because before the corner you could see he was saying ‘now I’m putting the revs up and you’ve got to chase me’.
“He’s just too good and Zac’s the composite horseman, he knows exactly what’s going on.”
Fellow New Zealand Bloodstock graduate Beat The Clock was touted as the rival who might upset the six-year-old’s unbeaten streak, which now stretches seven races, back to and including last season’s Gr.1 Champions Mile (1600m).
The John Size-trained challenger, successful in the recent Gr.1 Centenary Sprint Cup (1200m), was a head second to Hong Kong’s Horse of the Year the last time they met, in this race 12 months ago, but could only get within a length and three quarters on this occasion.
A second Gr.1 Champions Mile (1600m) at the end of April beckons for Beauty Generation if he can maintain his imperious form through an entire season, before a possible tilt at the Gr.1 Yasuda Kinen (1600m) in Tokyo on June 2.
Bred by Greg tomlinson’s Nearco Stud, Beauty Generation is a graduate of the 2014 new Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sale series where he was sold by Highden Park for $60,000 to the bid of Kylie Bax’ Hermes Syndications.
After initially racing as Montaigne in Australia for Anthony Cummings, where he was Group One placed, the son of Road To Rock was on-sold to Hong Kong as a tried horse.